Nursing’s own general election manifesto launched

The policies wanted by the nursing profession have been laid out and delivered to politicians in the form of the now complete A Manifesto by Nurses.

Since October, Nursing Times has been building A Manifesto by Nurses comprising the ideas of nurses for tackling some of the biggest issues in health and social care.

Topics covered in the manifesto include the nursing workforce crisis, the future of the NHS, the environmental impact of healthcare, as well as public health, social care and mental health.

Each chapter has now been brought together into a complete manifesto, which is today being launched and can be read via the PDF linked at the end of this story.

Nursing Times has also sent the manifesto to the key parties standing in the upcoming general election, which will take place on 4 July.

Among the changes nurses wanted to see include:

  • Better pay for nurses
  • Scrapping tuition fees for all nursing students
  • More routine health screening
  • Better pandemic preparation
  • Strict recycling policies in healthcare
  • Giving social care parity with healthcare
  • Action to address causes of poor mental health

Nursing Times editor Steve Ford said: “As the largest group in the NHS workforce, the views of nursing and midwifery staff count at both the ballot box and for developing informed and successful health and social care policy.

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“The seven core topics covered each month in A Manifesto by Nurses have now been collated into this complete manifesto, which we have delivered to the key political parties running in the general election.

“In doing so, Nursing Times wants to ensure that the voices of nurses and midwives are heard and that their policy ideas are front and centre of politicians’ minds during the election campaign.”

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