Detail of the Frontline First campaign was revealed by Dr Peter Carter (pictured), the RCN’s chief executive and general secretary, in a response to the letter from David Cameron and Nick Clegg about public sector workers.
The letter gives thanks to those that work within the public sector and asks them to help them find savings so public spending can be cut in a fair and responsible way.
Dr Carter said that the biggest challenge in the NHS is to ‘make savings while maintaining and improving standards of care’.
‘Nurses have the ideas and the commitment to meet this challenge and the RCN will be shortly launching its Frontline First campaign to show, region by region, where the innovations and waste are,’ he added.
Dr Carter said that he is optimistic that ‘£20bn of savings in the NHS will be made through efficiencies alone over the next four years’.
However it is already evident that cuts are happening in areas like nurse training and over 5,000 NHS posts were earmarked for closure, even before the consultation began.
The RCN has stated that it is gearing up to help show where nurse-led innovations, waste and cuts are in the NHS.
‘Over the coming months we will not stand back from showing where cuts are being made to the detriment of patient care,’ said Dr Carter.