Last week I had the pleasure of meeting with Janet Davies the Chief Executive of the Royal College of Nursing to discuss the overwhelming difficulties nurses are currently facing in the NHS. The two biggest issues nurses are facing are the cuts to university bursaries and the cap on nurses pay, both of which are having a drastic impact on the NHS.
No one will dispute that nurses are the frontline of our National Health Service, all of us when we go to hospital see first-hand the hard work and dedication that nurses put in to caring for our loved ones and ourselves.
Everyone has heard the warning before “Drive safely and cautiously”, but when you really think about this important message, it is clear that we as a community are falling short in our efforts. Looking at the most recent statistics for road accidents in Lancashire, Burnley makes up 10% of the driving accidents. This is a very large amount when we take into account the fact that Burnley’s population only makes up for 5% of the whole of Lancashire. New statistics released by the House of Commons research library show that in 2010 road accidents in Burnley were decreasing, as well as the mortality and injury rates involved in these accidents.