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Labour pledges to bring back the nursing bursary if elected

Shadow health secretary says the party will recruit 24,000 nurses over five years, while Conservatives promise 6,000 healthcare workers by 2024-25
Shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth will bring back the bursary and recruit 24,000 nurses. Picture: Alamy

Shadow health secretary says the party will recruit 24,000 nurses over five years, while Conservatives promise 6,000 healthcare workers by 2024-25

Labour plans to bring back the nursing bursary in England if it wins the upcoming election, according to the shadow health secretary.

In comments over the weekend, Jon Ashworth said the party also aims to recruit 24,000 new nurses over the next five years.

According to Mr Ashworths political adviser Collette Bird, if Labour wins the general election in December it plans to reintroduce the nursing bursary as soon as possible.

Conservatives pledge 6,000 healthcare workers

Meanwhile, the Conservative party has pledged to deliver 6,000 new healthcare workers, including nurses, physiotherapists and pharmacists, by 2024-25 if it retains government.

Shadow health secretary says the party will recruit 24,000 nurses over five years, while Conservatives promise 6,000 healthcare workers by 2024-25

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Shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth Picture: Alamy

Labour plans to bring back the nursing bursary in England if it wins the upcoming election, according to the shadow health secretary.

In comments over the weekend, Jon Ashworth said the party also aims to recruit 24,000 new nurses over the next five years.

According to Mr Ashworth’s political adviser Collette Bird, if Labour wins the general election in December it plans to reintroduce the nursing bursary as soon as possible.

Conservatives pledge 6,000 healthcare workers

Meanwhile, the Conservative party has pledged to deliver 6,000 new healthcare workers, including nurses, physiotherapists and pharmacists, by 2024-25 if it retains government.

But the Tories have not set out what portion of these 6,000 workers would be nurses.

The RCN estimates there are 43,000 nurse vacancies in England alone and has called for a £1 billion investment in nurse education to help fill the vacancies.

‘Action rather than words to recruit and retain nurses’

RCN general secretary Dame Donna Kinnair called for greater clarity to the political promises being made in the run-up to the election.

‘It is good to see that the parties recognise the need to invest in the nursing workforce but we need to see more details of how these are going to be delivered and their plans acted on if elected,’ she said.

‘Election promises must not be just platitudes to win votes. We need to see action rather than words to recruit and retain the nurses the NHS so desperately needs.’


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