Fall in nurse numbers shows you can’t trust the Tories with the NHS

Jamie Reed MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, in response to official figures showing the NHS has lost 445 nurses in the last month, totalling 5,890 since May 2010, said:

“The NHS simply cannot continue to take nursing cuts on this scale.

“Report after report has warned David Cameron of the central importance of nurse numbers in providing safe care. But today’s figures show he is ignoring these warnings and allowing hospitals across England to operate without safe staffing levels.

“On David Cameron’s watch, the NHS has now lost almost six thousand nurses and A&Es across England have struggled to cope. He has given six-figure pay-offs to managers and P45s for nurses.

“This is further proof you can’t trust the Tories with the NHS.”

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