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.