• Home /
  • News / More nurses in every region so the NHS has time to care – Andy Burnham

More nurses in every region so the NHS has time to care – Andy Burnham

Under the Tories, nurse numbers have failed to keep pace with demand. More than half of nurses say their ward is dangerously understaffed and there are fewer community and district nurses.

 

  • Labour will recruit 20,000 more      nurses by 2020, meaning significant increases in nurse numbers in every      region – part of a new generation of NHS staff, working to join up services      from home to hospital.

 

  • For example, based on the      current distribution of nurses in England, Labour’s plans would mean over      3,000 more nurses in London and also over      1,600 more nurses in the East Midlands

 

  • These nurses will      help ensure safe staffing in hospitals and provide personalised care      outside hospitals – helping us to transform services so the NHS can meet      future health challenges

 

  • Labour      will fund these extra nurses through our Time to Care Fund – raised from a      mansion tax on properties over £2m, cracking down on tax avoidance and a      new levy on tobacco firms

 

 

Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Health, said:

 

“David Cameron has brought the NHS to the brink. There are too few staff on our wards, the bill for agency nurses is out of control and hospitals are forced to travel overseas to recruit nurses because of Cameron’s cuts to nurse training places.

 

“This cannot carry on. Labour will recruit more nurses in every region of England and 1,600 in the East Midlands. We want this new generation of nurses to be home-grown and will offer young people a new ladder into the NHS.

 

“This will help build an NHS with time to care, that starts in people’s homes, ends the scandal of 15-minute visits and helps keep people out of hospital.”

 

 Key Points

 Under the Tories, nurse numbers have failed to keep pace with demand 

  • We would need nearly 9,000 more      nurses today to have the same number per head as in Labour’s last year
          
  • More than half of nurses say      their ward is dangerously understaffed

 

  • There are 2,123 fewer district      nurses compared to May 2010
          
  • Eight out of 10 NHS employers say they are      experiencing nurse workforce supply shortages
          
  • The Tories have cut nurse training      too, with 8,000 fewer training places in this Parliament compared to 2010      levels
          

Labour will tackle the nurse workforce crisis, with 20,000 more nurses 

  • If we want a      world-class NHS, that means having enough nurses with time care for      patients, and transforming services so the NHS can meet future health      challenges

 

  • Labour will recruit 20,000 more      nurses by 2020 – to ensure safe staffing in hospitals and provide      personalised care outside hospitals

 

  • This will be a new-generation workforce, helping to reshape      services to meet the care needs of the 21st Century, and      joining up services from home to hospital
          
  • The extra      nurses will be funded      through Labour’s      Time to Care Fund – raised from a mansion tax on properties over £2m,      cracking down on tax avoidance and a new levy on tobacco firms

 

 

 

 

Do you like this post?

Reactions

Please check your e-mail for a link to activate your account.
Liquid syntax error: Error in tag 'subpage' - No such page slug cookies