Fewer Nurses On Frontline

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31 Oct 2012

This Government came into power promising to protect frontline NHS jobs but the evidence against that claim is stacking up, not just in our area but across the country.

Statistics released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre last week show that the number of qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff employed by the NHS has fallen by 6,191 since May 2010. Between June and July this year over 800 posts alone were lost, the Centre’s workforce statistics for England show. The cuts are especially bad in Yorkshire and the Humber with 1,318 fewer nurses working on the frontline than two years ago.

Despite his election promises the Prime Minister has cut the NHS budget two years running and turned it upside down with a wasteful and unnecessary £3 billion reorganisation. Patients are paying the price for these broken promises as more people wait longer in A&E and the number of patients left waiting on trolleys in hospital corridors is up by a third.

It’s time for the Government to get its priorities straight by protecting the NHS and putting patients’ needs first.