GWYNNE RESPONDS TO NHS staff poll on patient care

Tameside-general-hospital-010A damning survey of 3,500 NHS workers reveals more than three-quarters agree a lack of funding is to blame for the health service crisis.

More than three quarters warned clinical staff have less time to spend with patients than two years ago.

And two-thirds said they were under pressure to work longer shifts.

Andrew Gwynne MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, responding to the ’38 Degrees’ poll that shows half of NHS staff believe patient care is deteriorating, said:

“This damning survey exposes the hollowness of David Cameron’s claim that he could be trusted with the NHS.

“He wasted £3 billion on a damaging NHS reorganisation he promised wouldn’t happen and slashed nurse training places.

“It is truly shocking that half of staff now say patient care worsened over the last two years. The sad truth is that by turning the NHS upside down with a damaging reorganisation and causing a crisis in A&E, the Tory-led Government has made care problems more likely, not less.

“Only Labour will invest an extra £2.5 billion each year to give the NHS the staff it needs, including 20,000 more nurses and 8,000 more GPs and 3,000 more midwives.”


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