John Denham condemns cut in local nursing numbers

Southampton Itchen Labour MP John Denham has slammed the Tories for cutting 464 frontline nurses in the South Central strategic health authority area.

David Cameron and his Tory-led government came into power promising to protect frontline NHS jobs but the evidence against that claim is stacking up, not just in the South Central area which covers Southampton, but across the country.

  • Statistics released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre this week show that the number of qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff employed by the NHS has fallen by 6,191 since Cameron became Prime Minister in May 2010.
  • Between June and July this year over 800 posts alone were lost, the centre’s workforce statistics for England show.

John said:

“Despite his election promises David Cameron has cut the NHS budget two years running and turned it upside down with a wasteful and unnecessary £3 billion reorganisation.

“Over 6,000 nursing jobs have now been cut on his watch and the cuts are especially bad in the South Central area with nearly 464 fewer nurses working on the frontline than two years ago.

“Patients are paying the price for Cameron’s broken promises as more people wait longer in A&E and the number of patients left waiting on trolleys in hospital corridors is up by a third.

“It’s time for Cameron to get his priorities straight and deliver on his election promise to protect the NHS and put patients’ needs first.”

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