The Prime Minister declined an invitation to speak at the Royal College of Nursing event in Liverpool – and failed to send anyone in her place.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron addressed the annual congress on Monday.
Mrs May’s office said in a letter: “I am afraid that it will not be possible for the Prime Minister to attend the Royal College of Nursing congress this year, but please do accept her best wishes for a successful event.
“Britain’s nurses do a fantastic job and deserve our thanks and support.”
But RCN general secretary Janet Davies wrote back, saying the union was “extremely dissatisfied” with her response.
She wrote: “Our members are disappointed and saddened, and feel disrespected by the Prime Minister. Nurses were keen to hear from the Prime Minister personally about her plans to alleviate the difficult, and sometimes impossible situation, in which they are working. Whilst we are pleased the Prime Minister states that she recognises the value of nursing, this does not reassure us, and feels like empty platitudes when we see no real action being taken to improve the lives of both patients and nurses.
By Shaun Wooller, The Sun
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