Justin Madders, Labour’s Candidate for Ellesmere Port & Neston has backed Labour’s plans to recruit 20,000 more nurses by 2020, including 3,200 in the North West.
Justin has argued that nurse numbers have failed to keep pace with demand under the present Government, while more than half of nurses say their ward is dangerously understaffed.
Figures also confirmed that hospitals across the region missed their A&E target of seeing 95% of patients within four hours for the whole of the winter period. Both the Countess of Chester and Arrowe Park Hospitals missed their targets again in the last week.
Labour plans to provide a boost to the number of nurses, helping to ensure safe staffing in hospitals and to provide personalised care outside hospitals. 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
Justin Madders said: “Our health service is in crisis under the Tories. The NHS as we know it cannot survive another five years of David Cameron.
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 the North West benefit from 3,200 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. 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.”