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Unions call for NHS bill to be abandoned

19th January 2012

Nurses and midwives have affirmed their outright opposition to plans to reform the NHS in England.


In the past, the Royal College of Nursing and the Royal College of Midwives had expressed concerns in the past, but said they were willing to work with ministers, but now they want the entire bill covering the changes to be dropped.

The move by the RCN and RCM follows a similar move by the British Medical Association last year and brings them into line with the position adopted by Unison.

However, some of the changes planned are already starting to take shape such as GPs showing willingness to come forward and pilot the new plans which will put them in charge of large areas of NHS budget, despite the BMA stance.

Peter Carter, general secretary of the RCN, which represents 410,000 nurses, midwives, support workers and students, said: "The RCN has been on record as saying that withdrawing the bill would create confusion and turmoil, however, on the ground, we believe that the turmoil of proceeding with these reforms is now greater than the turmoil of stopping them.”

Cathy Warwick, of the RCM, said the government had failed to present sufficient evidence that its proposals were necessary.

Mr Lansley the position of the RCN was significant.

“They used to be a professional association that was working with us on professional issues, and will carry on doing that, but now the trade union aspect of the Royal College of Nursing has come to the fore,” he said.


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