– Improving training, by making it more accessible and more practical
– Providing more time for care, by slashing the bureaucracy on which nurses spend a million hours a week, according to the Royal College of Nursing
– Creating an improved atmosphere of respect, with “zero tolerance” on violence and a “clear right” for nurses to have their voice heard
He attacked the targets and bureaucracy that hold nurses back – and said, “The right way to a better health service is by getting the best out of the people who work in it”.
He told delegates that a Conservative Government would give them “the professional responsibility to get on with the job they signed up for”
“We’re going to scrap all those top-down, centralising, interfering targets that undermine your professional responsibility.”
He outlined three areas which are crucial to ensuring nurses can exercise real responsibility:
David made clear, “It is the patience and care of nurses that nurses patients back to health – and if we’re in government, you have my word that we will do everything we can to support you in that.”