Anneliese has backed Labour’s plans to recruit an extra 20,000 nurses by 2020, including 2,900 here in the South East.
This Conservative-led coalition has failed to recruit nurses to keep up with the growing demand, and now over half of nurses say their ward is dangerously understaffed. This situation is unsustainable, and another five years under David Cameron could mean an end to the NHS as we know it. George Osborne’s budget speech only mentioned the NHS once – a glaring omission which reveals the Tories’ lack of concern over the dismantling of one of our most precious services.
Anneliese said “I’m glad that Labour has pledged to recruit 2,900 extra nurses in the South East by 2020. Our NHS is in crisis, and only Labour is offering real action to restore the levels of care that patients deserve. If we want a world-class NHS we need enough nurses with the time to care for patients – not just in hospitals, but also in the community, providing a service fit for the 21st century.”
Labour’s 20,000 new nurses will be funded through the Time to Care Fund – raised from a mansion tax on properties worth over £2 million, cracking down on tax avoidance, and a new levy on tobacco firms.