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NHS crisis - blame cuts, not nurses

Issue No. 2364

The government likes to tell us that nurses don’t care about their patients. This is how it tries and explain away every problem in the NHS.

But a new report this week has confirmed that the problem is cuts and understaffing, not callous nurses. The researchers at the National Nursing Research Unit questioned nearly 3,000 nurses working across 401 wards.

Nearly nine in ten said they were so busy they couldn’t care for patients properly.  A third said they didn’t have time to watch patients adequately or keep up with paperwork.

Researcher Jane Ball concluded that the crisis is putting patients’ lives at risk.

The Tories claim they are protecting “frontline” NHS staff. Yet the number of nursing posts has dropped by over 5,000 since 2010.  

And health bosses plan to make more cuts as the Tories demand efficiency savings.

The Tories are fuelling the crisis in the health service to justify selling it off. Yet privatisation makes things worse. 

Putting services in the hands of firms out to make big money will mean more cutbacks and even fewer staff.

It is the Tories that are putting patients’ lives at risk, not nurses. 

We need to march in our thousands at the Tory party conference on 29 September to stop them.

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What We Think
Tue 30 Jul 2013, 17:24 BST
Issue No. 2364
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