A top nursing advisory body needs to strongly make the case for sufficient and well-trained staffing levels following the Francis report, Unite, the country’s largest union, has said.
The call comes from Unite lead professional officer Obi Amadi, who has been asked to join the Nursing and Care Quality Forum, which advises NHS England on nursing policy.
Obi Amadi said: “I think this group has a real opportunity to influence what happens in healthcare, by emphasising the need for good nurse leadership; the eradication of some of the undesirable elements in the NHS’ culture; and looking at staff levels and safety.
“The main issue being looked at now by the forum is staffing levels post-Francis report, which highlighted serious failures in basic nursing care at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.
“We want professional pride to be reignited and public confidence restored in the quality of nursing and care provided to the people of England.”
Unite embraces the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association; the Mental Health Nurses Association; and the Society of Sexual Health Advisors.
For further information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.