New RCN website speaks out against service cuts

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has launched an innovative new website, Frontline First, allowing nursing staff to speak out against cuts to jobs and services, expose waste in the NHS and suggest new ideas and solutions.

Through anonymous user contributions, the Frontline First site has created an interactive map of nursing services in the UK and Northern Ireland – so that both professionals and service users can literally see how services are being affected in their area.

This week we contributed a blog for their site, showing our support for Frontline First. The campaign's passionate belief in the importance of specialist nurses and how patient care is affected when cuts are made is certainly something we share.

Essential services like specialist nurses, therapists and respite care save money and make a huge difference to quality of life for people with Parkinson's. It's a false economy to cut services that help people stay independent and keep them out of hospital and care homes.

If you're a Parkinson's nurse or nursing professional who works with people with Parkinson's, then we would encourage you to submit your evidence on the Frontline First website.

Are you a person affected by Parkinson's who is already starting to see changes to Parkinson's services in your area? Share your experiences below.

Everyone can take action by signing our Fair Care for Parkinson’s petition too.

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