The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has launched a campaign to try to put an end to staff cuts hitting the NHS.
The 'Keep Nurses Working, Keep Patients Safe' petition will be delivered to No. 10 Downing Street on Monday 9 October. It calls on Tony Blair and the government to:
- Halt the short-term fix of service cuts and redundancy and implement a long-term deficits programme of recovery.
- Acknowledge that deficits are not simply the result of problems at the local level but that central government policies and reforms have also played their part.
“Diabetes UK is in full support of the Royal College of Nursing campaign to ‘Keep Nurses Working, Keep Patients Safe'," said Simon O'Neill, Director of Care at Diabetes UK.
"Nurses play a critical role in delivering frontline services for people with conditions like diabetes. Some local services are already struggling to cope with the increasing number of people diagnosed with the condition.
"If people can't access the care they need, their diabetes will suffer and in the long term this can have devastating consequences like heart disease, blindness and strokes.
"The government has said that it wants services to become more community based, but how will this become a reality if nurses are overstretched?"
Join the 34,500 nurses, patients and members of the public who have already signed up to the petition by following this linkwww.rcn.org.uk/petition
All petition forms must be returned by Monday 2 October 2006.