Labour today highlighted their pledge to recruit 20,000 more nurses for the NHS, estimating that 1,300 would be recruited here in the North East under their plans.
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 nationally 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.
Based on the current distribution of nurses in England, Labour’s plans would mean over 1,300 extra nurses for the North East.
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 1,300 in the North East. 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.”