Jamie Reed MP, Labour's Shadow Health Minister, in response to the publication of NHS workforce statistics this morning showing that the number of nurses in the NHS has been cut by 7134 since May 2010, said:
"Whilst David Cameron wastes billions on back-office restructuring, the frontline of the NHS is taking a battering. Today’s figures show a worrying rise in the number of nursing jobs axed in the NHS – 943 in a single month and now topping 7000 for the first time.
"The loss of experienced nurses is picking up speed. As the NHS haemorrhages nursing staff patients will pay the price of David Cameron’s false promises. The Prime Minister has cut the NHS budget two years running and in many hospitals there are simply not enough qualified nurses on the ground - healthcare assistants are increasingly being used to cover nurses’ roles.
"There is no clearer sign of a Government with its priorities wrong - £1bn in six figure redundancies for managers and P45s for nursing staff.
"Ministers are taking unacceptable risks with standards of patient care. They cannot continue to ignore the warnings from nurses’ and doctors’ leaders."