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People can see there are nurse shortages – and they expect the government to act

Politicians need to listen to what the public is telling them about the NHS
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Politicians need to listen to what the public is telling them about the NHS

Just before the general election last December, IPSOS MORI pollsters asked a sample of the UK population which aspects of health and care people wanted the new government to prioritise.

The response was loud and clear, with three in five respondents (61%) believing that increasing the number of NHS staff should be the number one priority for the government.

Although nursing shortages dominate the NHS staffing discourse, there are difficulties across the workforce. A Health Foundation review , published just before the IPSOS MORI poll, set out

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