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We must turn the tide on NHS nurse shortages

December 5, 2019 10:11 AM

NHS logoThe latest figures on NHS vacancies reveal that there were 4,403 vacancies for nurses in the NHS in the East of England region in July to September 2019. This means that 13% of posts were unfilled, showing that NHS staffing is in crisis and the situation is set to get worse with the government's current Brexit policy.

As someone who spent many years working as a NHS nurse and now sits on a local Patient Participation Group, I am horrified that our health service has been left in such a desperate state. For years the Conservatives have ignored the NHS staffing crisis, leaving it understaffed, under-resourced, and underfunded. Who is going to care for Suffolk Coastal when those positions can't be filled?

Liberal Democrats will build a brighter future where the NHS has the staff it needs and patients receive the care they need. We will increase income tax by one penny to raise £7 billion for increased investment in the NHS. Among many other things this money will fund bursaries for nursing students and other measures to make the NHS a more viable and attractive career choice with proper training and improved working conditions.