The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has voted overwhelmingly that they have no confidence in Health Secretary Andrew Lansley’s proposed ‘reforms’ of the National Health Service.
Leader of the Opposition and Labour Party leader Ed Miliband has made a speech calling for the bill to destroy the NHS to be abandoned.
A few recent news articles concerning the UK’s Conservative and Liberal-Democrat coalition government – the ConDem’s – brutal attack on the National Health Service.
Nurses today voted overwhelmingly in favour of a motion of “no confidence” in the Health Secretary Andrew Lansley and his management of NHS reforms.
Delegates at the Royal College of Nursing conference in Liverpool voted 99 per cent in favour of the motion, to 1 per cent against.
The RCN’s leadership had attempted to amend the motion to delay any no confidence vote until after the conclusion of the Government’s listening exercise.
But amid angry and passionate scenes on the conference floor the amendment was dropped when nurse after nurse took to the stage to condemn the Government.
Conference delegates vote 99% in favour of motion as health secretary struggles to persuade public of merits of NHS reforms
The Royal College of Nursing has overwhelmingly backed a motion of no confidence in Andrew Lansley’s handling of the NHS reforms.
Delegates at the RCN conference in Liverpool voted 99% in favour of the motion as the beleaguered health secretary struggles to persuade the public of the merits of his health reforms.
Nurses are angry that Lansley refused to deliver a keynote speech to the conference, opting instead to meet a group of around 60 nurses in Liverpool as part of the government’s “listening exercise” on the controversial reforms.
The Labour leader, Ed Miliband, has urged the government to “junk” its health bill, identifying five “largely concealed aspects” of the proposed reforms which he said undermined NHS principles.
“The answer to a bad bill is not to slow it down but it is to junk it,” Miliband said at a press conference on the NHS.
“He appears to believe that people don’t like his bill because his government haven’t explained it properly.
“But the opposite is true. The more people understand and hear about these proposals, the less they like them. It’s not a problem of public relations, it’s a problem of principle.
“The bill is actually a pandora’s box. The more people look at the detail, the more profound and worrying the implication appear to be for the NHS.
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