Cuts to nursing staff 'unsustainable', says former Stroud MP
FORMER MP David Drew has voiced concern after official figures appeared to show a significant drop in the number of nurses employed by the NHS.
The Labour Party politician, who will be bidding to regain the seat he lost to Neil Carmichael at the next general election in 2015, said figures released by the NHS information centre showed that there are 5,890 fewer nurses now than there were when the Tories and Lib Dems took office in 2010.
But Stroud MP Neil Carmichael rubbished the figures and insisted the Coalition had spent more on the NHS than Labour would have done had it triumphed at the last general election.
Mr Drew, who also called for a halt to the privatisation of NHS services, said: “I have real concerns about the effect of nursing cuts on this scale.
“I know how hard nurses work in our local hospitals and the continuing level of cuts is quite unsustainable - putting huge stress on staff.
“It’s hard to see how hospitals can deliver the same level of patient care, despite nurses’ best efforts, when there aren’t enough staff to get the job done.”
However, Stroud MP Neil Carmichael said: “I don’t know where Labour gets its figures from. Only the other day I was pointing out in the House of Commons that we now have 1,400 new midwives and we have invested significantly in Stroud Maternity Hospital.
“We are investing and increasing spending on the NHS, unlike Labour who were actually proposing to decrease it.”