A THOUSAND matrons’ jobs have been cut in the past three years — despite PM David Cameron’s pledge to give them more clout.
NHS figures show one in six have gone since Labour left power. The number of modern matrons fell from 5,035 to 4,157 between 2009 and August 2012.
Community matron numbers were down from 1,552 to 1,391 over the same period.
Shadow Health Minister Andrew Gwynne said:
“David Cameron promised to back matron but he’s sacked matron instead.
“The Prime Minister’s spending cuts have cost the NHS a thousand matrons. Without strong leaders on the wards, patients will pay the price. Ministers are taking unacceptable risks with standards of patient care.
“They cannot continue to ignore the warnings from nurses’ leaders.”
This article appeared in the Sun on 23rd December 2012 – Read More: