Analysis

The political agenda for healthcare in the UK

Workforce shortages, NHS pressures and nursing pay were high on the agenda for politicians gathering at their party conferences this autumn.

Workforce shortages, NHS pressures and nursing pay were high on the agenda for politicians gathering at their party conferences this autumn.

Politicians and party supporters from the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats headed to their respective conferences during September and October.

The need to fill chronic staff shortages, which have been repeatedly highlighted by unions, was discussed by many politicians.

Hunt's pledge

Conservatives
  • Funding 25% more nursing student placements
  • Training 5,500 more nursing associates by 2019
  • More flexible working options for nurses

Speaking at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, health secretary Jeremy Hunt pledged to train more nurses and nursing associates to tackle the current workforce shortage. Mr Hunt said there would be 25% more nursing student placements and that the number of students starting their course in September 2018 would be 5,500 higher

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