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Lansley in vote of no confidence

14th April 2011

Nurses have passed a vote of no confidence in health secretary Andrew Lansley at their annual conference.


The vote at the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) congress in Liverpool was overwhelmingly passed after a lively debate.

After the debate, 478 nurses out of 497 (96.2%) voted for a motion that said they had no confidence in Mr Lansley’s management of the NHS reforms to abolish PCTs and strategic health authorities while giving GP commissioning consortia greater control of NHS budgets.

RCN general secretary and chief executive Dr Peter Carter told the conference that nurses would “be heard” over what was happening to the NHS and cutbacks on staffing.

He said: “Our message is simple: no more taking advantage of your good will. No more treating your terms and conditions like they don’t matter. And no more financial pressures put on your bank balance – this has to stop and stop now.”

He reflected anger on the public sector two-year pay freeze and attacks on pensions and incremental pay.

He said: “The economic state of the nation may be dire, but that’s no excuse for pushing the very people that keep the NHS going to the absolute limit.”

Dr Carter also criticised wasteful spending in the NHS and the cost of PFI agreements.

Mr Lansley attended the congress to meet a group of nurses, though not to address delegates.

He was meeting the 50 nurses as part of the government’s listening exercise on the NHS reforms, before they return to parliament to continue their progress to becoming formal legislation.


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