Nurses have said they are pleased Liz Truss has resigned as prime minister, while health unions call for a general election.
Standing outside Downing Street earlier today, Ms Truss announced she would be stepping down as the Conservative Party leader after less than 45 days in post.
“In the eyes of our members, perhaps only a fresh election can move the country forward”
She said she “cannot deliver the mandate” on which she was elected by the Conservative Party and that she had spoken to His Majesty the King to notify him of her resignation.
A subsequent party leadership election is to be completed in the next week and she will remain in post as prime minister until a successor is chosen.
The move follows several economic U-turns made by the government in recent weeks, which also saw Kwasi Kwarteng sacked as chancellor of the exchequer and replaced by Jeremy Hunt.
Meanwhile, Suella Braverman resigned as home secretary on Wednesday afternoon after using her personal email to send an official document to a parliamentary colleague, and a parliamentary vote on fracking last night saw claims that Tory MPs were bullies into backing Ms Truss.
A Nursing Times snapshot social media poll launched this afternoon saw more than 77% of nurses say there were “happy” Ms Truss had resigned as prime minister.
Meanwhile, at the time of writing, 16% said they did not care and just 6.5% said they were “disappointed”.
Responding to the news, unions have suggested that a general election should be held.
Royal College of Nursing general secretary and chief executive Pat Cullen said: “A reshuffling of faces, if not met by a radical shift in outlook, will not inspire confidence.
“In the eyes of our members, perhaps only a fresh election can move the country forward,” she said.
Ms Cullen highlighted that the college was halfway through its historic UK-wide strike ballot of nurses over pay.
“Nursing staff are voting ‘yes’ to striking but also ‘yes’ to a much bigger call for fairness and justice,” she added.
“A new prime minister and government — of any party — must be ready for that result in November.”
Meanwhile, Unison general secretary Christina McAnea, said: “This farce cannot go on. The Conservatives have shown themselves unfit to govern.
“The crisis affecting the country is so deep that the only solution is to have an election,” she said. “There should be one immediately so voters can choose a government to get the country back on its feet.”