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As nurses we can’t sit on the fence

06 December, 2019

• WE the undersigned are front-line nurses who have faced the reality of government mismanagement over the disastrous years of coalition and Conservative governments.

Boris Johnson’s ridiculous promise to recruit 50,000 more nurses – 40 per cent of whom are already employed by the NHS – would not be needed if they hadn’t spent the last nine years driving staff and services to breaking point.

One-in-eight nursing posts is empty right now, meaning we can’t give the quality of care our patients deserve. Nurses lost over four million work days due to stress last year, and the government has been no help.

We don’t believe the NHS will be better if the Tories win; we don’t believe the Conservatives will live up to their promises.

Matt Hancock, Jeremy Hunt and Andrew Lansley should be remembered as health ministers who failed to understand their job; all three ignored nurses’ warnings on pay, retention, recruitment, funding, staffing levels, the student nurse bursary and public health.

Nurses, in the most trusted profession in the UK, warned that Conservative policy would be damaging not just to the NHS, but the whole country.

Nurses’ organisations in general aren’t party political, but the health of our patients is more important than sitting on the fence.

Only progressive policies like those presented by the Labour party can hope to mend our wounded NHS.

SIGNATORIES: Ed Freshwater RNMH, Sharon Ankin RGN, Maria Gilroy RN, Anthony Johnson, Health Visitor, Georgina Parisi RN, Antonia Berelson RN, Danielle Tiplady RN, Candy Gregory RN, Juliet Lusted RN, Andy Ridley RN/RMN, Jon Gardner RN, Lucy Shapcott RN, Katie Sutton RNMH, Clare McIntyre RN & health visitor


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