RCN: health bill amendments are ‘merely tinkering’

Published on Thursday, 02 February 2012 11:38
Posted by Scott Buckler

The Government has not gone far enough with its latest amendments to the Health and Social Care Bill, the Royal College of Nursing has said

The comments were made in response to the announcement that changes have been made to the bill, including the requirement that the Health Secretary will retain responsibility for the NHS in England.

While the RCN welcomed the Government’s decision to review the bill, RCN Chief Executive & General Secretary Dr Peter Carter described the move as “merely tinkering around the edges”.

He added: “We still feel the reforms are creating such turmoil that they must be stopped. In particular, the amendments do not fully address the key areas of competition, nurse involvement, the private income cap and health inequalities.”

In January, the RCN moved to oppose the Health and Social Care Bill in England, arguing that serious concerns expressed by members have not been addressed during the parliamentary process, listening exercise or political engagement.

 

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