GWYNNE: CAMERON’S PROMISES on health count for nothing

Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has slammed the Tories for cutting 1,728 frontline nurses in the North West.

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 Denton and Reddish 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.

Andrew Gwynne MP 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 North West with more than 1,700 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.”

If you care about the NHS and want to see it properly protected from the Tory cuts then please show your support by signing Labour’s petition at http://www.labour.org.uk/real-change-nhs

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