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Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Sutton and Cheam, Emily Brothers has backed plans to recruit 20,000 more nurses by 2020, including 3,400 in London.
Under this government, nurse numbers have failed to keep pace with demand while more than half of nurses say their ward is dangerously understaffed. This week’s Budget had nothing to say about our NHS and how to tackle the pressures it faces.
Unlike the Tories and Liberal Democrats, Labour will protect the NHS and ensure we have a health service ready to meet future challenges.
That’s why the next Labour government will provide these much-needed extra nurses. They will help ensure safe staffing in hospitals and provide personalised care outside hospitals – helping us to transform services so the NHS can meet the care needs of the 21st century.
These extra nurses will be funded through the 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.
Emily Brothers said:
“Our health service is in crisis under the Tories. The NHS as we know it cannot survive another five years of David Cameron and Nick Clegg.
“If we want a world-class NHS then we need enough nurses with the time to care for patients. That’s why I’m proud that the next Labour government will bring in the Time to Care fund which will see London benefit from 3,400 more nurses.
“The truth is that only Labour can save the NHS from the Tories. Our plan is a blueprint to raise standards of care and ensure our health service is sustainable in the 21st century.”
Andy Burnham, Shadow Health Secretary, 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 including 3,400 in London. 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.”

Regional nurse numbers
• Based on the current distribution of nurses in England, Labour’s plans would mean significant increases in nurse numbers in every region, as shown in the table below.

Region Number of extra nurses
East Midlands 1,600
East of England 1,800
London 3,400
North East 1,300
North West 3,200
South East 2,900
South West 1,500
West Midlands 2,200
Yorkshire and Humber 2,100

Numbers are rounded to the nearest hundred. London region covers the Health Education England regions of North West, North, Central and East, and South London, while South East region covers the Health Education England regions of Thames Valley, Wessex, and Kent, Surrey and Sussex

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