Nurses’ help sought on policy problems

The RCN is asking nurses to help formulate some of its policy on NHS reforms.

Royal College of Nursing
Royal College of Nursing

The policy unit has published a briefing paper that examines some of the areas of conflict in the government reforms, such as increased patient choice and power versus finite resources.

It asks whether patients should be accountable for their healthcare choices, if limiting access using thresholds such as BMI and smoking status is feasible, and how nurse innovation can be promoted and fostered in a market economy.

Lastly, the briefing paper asks if government ministers should be removed from the helm of the NHS.

The policy unit hopes to produce a further paper later in the year based on the responses it receives from nurses.

The briefing can be downloaded from www.rcn.org.uk/policy

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