4:1 Campaign

For Mandatory Minimum Staffing Ratios in the NHS

Bulletin for RCN Congress

The 4:1 Campaign has produced a bulletin for RCN Congress. It contains a number of articles outlining why we need mandatory minimum staffing levels and what nurses can do to make win this reform for the NHS. The bulletin can be downloaded here

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Build a social movement for safe staffing

This article is part of a bulletin being distributed at RCN Congress. A copy of the bulletin can be downloaded here The future of nursing will be decided in the coming years. The government is setting out a possible future for us; understaffed and unregulated wards, nursing job cuts and reduced agency budgets. Adding to […]

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Government u-turn on safe nursing levels branded a “betrayal” by Mid-Staffs campaigners

This article was originally published on OpenDemocracy Independent work on safer ratios of nurses to patients across the NHS, was a key recommendation of the Francis inquiry into failings at Stafford hospital. This week, the government quietly shut that work down. In a shock move, the government has abandoned its key project to ensure hospitals have […]

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Dear BBC Radio 4, its not a “nursing shortage”

This letter from 4:1 Activists was written in response to BBC Radio 4’s programme “Where have all the nurses gone?” about the inability for the NHS to fill nursing positions. It outlines the problem with this concept  of the “nurse shortage”, and what lies behind the NHS inability to fill nurse vacancies. DEAR BBC RADIO […]

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Updated version of Whistleblower Pamphlet now Online

The campaign has updated the whisleblower pamphlet and put it online. The updated version has advice on communicating with the press and other media, contributed by leading journalists who report on the NHS. Download the pamphlet here    

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4:1 NHS strike leaflet and Activist Training Day

The campaign is holding an activist training day in Central London on the 28th of March. The event is open to all NHS staff and supporters of the campaign, but is aimed at nursing staff who want to campaign for mandatory minimums in their workplace and the wider NHS. The day will feature talks and presentations […]

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4:1 statement on NICE A&E Staffing Guidelines

The publication of the latest NICE staffing guidelines for Accident and Emergency centres is a welcome step towards safer staffing levels. However, the new guidelines demonstrates the governments reluctance to properly address the staffing crisis, and highlights how present nurse staffing levels are woefully inadequate to meet patient and staff needs. Nurses on the edge […]

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Jeremy Hunt: Scapegoating not solving the NHS crisis

Ever since the Health and Social Care Act 2012 absolved the Secretary of State of the “duty to provide” a national health service, the role of the Health Secretary appears to have been reduced to denigrating NHS staff and feeding lies and half-truths to the media that serve his privatisation agenda. The publication of DoH […]

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STRIKE for mandatory minimums

This is the text of a leaflet produced by the 4:1 Campaign for the NHS pay strike on November 24th. Download the leaflet here for printing and distributing on NHS picket lines. The government’s pay cut is part of a determined policy to slash our salaries and reduce the cost of nursing in the NHS.  It […]

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Critique of NICE Guidelines on staffing

While it is welcome the Department of Health has finally made NICE produce guidelines on nurse staffing levels, as with many new government initiatives, reality is far less positive than the spokespeople and media reports make out. The new guidelines put in place a “red flag” system whereby staff and patients can raise concerns (the […]

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