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Third of nurses think Labour best for profession


A third of nurses think Labour is the political party that best understands the contribution of nursing care to the NHS and how to improve it, suggests a snapshot poll of more than 600 visitors to the Nursing Times website.

However, the bad news for the opposition parties is that just under a third of the remaining respondents said they did not know which party best understood the contribution of nursing – just 16 per cent opted for the Conservatives and 8 per cent for the Liberal Democrats.

When asked which of the major political parties they trusted to make savings in the NHS without damaging patient care, 36 per cent said Labour, 17 per cent the Conservatives and 11 per cent the Liberal Democrats.

Around a third of respondents described themselves as staff nurses and a quarter as clinical nurse specialists/nurse practitioners. More than 80 per cent said they would be “very likely” to vote in the next election.  


Readers' comments (5)

  • We should not forget that in the last 12 years the ponderous dead weight of admin and targets which is stifling front line care has been caused by ... which party?
    Gordon Brown has said that he will make efficiency savings and cut unnecessary bureaucracy. Er .. why wasn't he doing this 10 years ago. Why has he not been efficient up to now, and how much has he wasted in the meantime, which could have put more feet on the wards?

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  • I fully agree with Andrew's comments. I also remember Labour campaigning against commissioning of services, privatisation, postcode lotteries etc etc and where are we now with the government having wasted billions by taking us full circle? In addition, they have presided over the largest fall in health visitor numbers ever whilst, at the same time, producing numerous documents stating the value of the HV role in primary care!!

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  • This govt has been a disaster for the NHS...the PFI initiative, grossly inflated pay rise for GP's, the disaster of out of hours services, constant new initiatives.....not to mention all the commissioning off of services........hospitals chronically understaffed!

    I won't be voting labour that's for sure. Problem is the tories will be even worse and the lib-dems (who?)

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  • So obvioulsy the other headline should be

    Two thirds of nurses think labour is not best for the profession!

    Goodbye labour.

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  • I fully agree with the previous comments and believe Labour have sold us down the river. As with most other things to do with Labour this is more spin. It has been 13 years since they came in to power and I have seen the service we provide and less nurses on wards etc (especially over the last 5 years) Also a large number of the nurses that I used to work with have now emigrated to Australia and Canada and New Zealand (I would to if not for my family here) I would not vote for Labour

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