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Community News & Views | Nurse protests in parliament

A Bognor Regis student nurse joined a protest in Parliament to demand an end to the staffing crisis that puts patients at risk.


lison Stoneham, pictured below second left, joined colleagues at Westminster to lobby the government about the matter.


The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) event saw nursing staff and students from across the country meet MPs and peers from all parties to discuss their experiences.


The RCN is launching a campaign for new laws to make the government and NHS bosses explicitly accountable for safely staffing health and care services across the south-east and throughout England.


Alison said: “It was a great event to be part of and an honour to represent nurses from the region.


“Even though I am a student, it is plain to see how a lack of staff has an impact. We love our jobs and I go into work to do the best I can for each and every patient every day.


“However, more staff would make this so much easier for us and have a positive impact on patient care.”


The RCN is also campaigning for investment of at least £1bn a year in nurse education to attract and retain a new generation of nurses.


Lindsay Meeks, its south-east regional director, said: “Health and care services in the south east are reaching a tipping point, with nurses routinely working many hours of unpaid overtime to deliver the care people need. This puts nurses under impossible strain and puts patients at risk.”

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