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The big question: what do you think of Labour’s pledge to fund 20,000 more NHS nurses?


Ed Miliband has pledged that Labour will deliver 36,000 extra staff for the NHS including 20,000 extra nurses if it wins next year’s general election.

Speaking at the party conference in Manchester, Mr Miliband unveiled what he called a Time to Care Fund worth £2.5bn to pay for the extra nurses as well as 8,000 more GPs, 5,000 more healthcare assistants and 3,000 more midwives.

Will universities have the capacity to train 20,000 more student nurses?


Readers' comments (5)

  • Promises made by a political party in opposition should be taken with a pinch of salt.

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  • the NHS and its deserving patients and staff need stability in their quality of care not promises to sway voters before an election!

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  • One: What was once the NHS will turn to those countries who, in search of foreign currency, quite cynically train more nurses than they can use at home.

    Two: employers will take anyone who can start work soonish or sooner.

    Three:The overfunded, underemployed NMC will fail to use any measures to check whether applicants have the basic grasp of English needed to deal with patients in the UK, and sign them off as fit for practice.

    Four: we get what we're already having to deal with on the wards, but worse.

    Before anyone starts waving various PC cards around: I once looked at an elderly care job in the Hebrides, but being English, I questioned whether I had the necessary language skills, and withdrew.

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  • "Two: employers will take anyone who can start work soonish or sooner."

    ha, I couldn't return to the NHS where I trained as a British nurse after working abroad as not only would I have to find a job which I eventually did after looking for some time but then had to wait up to a further six months for police checks etc.. - a time for which the hospital and living without a salary could not wait. I returned abroad and never looked back and in fact, bitter and disappointed at the time, I have been better off outside the NHS and the UK with excellent working conditions and salary to enjoy a very pleasant quality of life and fascinating career working with other foreign nurses who spoke a multitude of different languages which in an international city university hospital never caused us or our patients any problems - openness, transparency, dialogue, collegiality where we all learned from one another in interdisciplinary teams, excellent communication skills (which continued to improve with experience on the job), and an ability to admit when things start going wrong so they can be put right before they develop in big issues are all key.

    My most serious error was never, even after 20 years full time on the job, managing to retain the difference between 'le' and 'la' vase - one a bed pan and the other a flower vase, with the result that whilst patients fortunately always got the former on time on demand, the less fortunate visitors brandishing a bunch of flowers on arrival were frequently offered one as well - but no matter, they understood and never reacted badly and with many it broke the ice and they found it highly amusin.

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  • tinkerbell

    before they can fund them they will need to find them.

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