Justin Madders – 2020 Comments on More People Studying Nursing

The comments made by Justin Madders, the Shadow Health Minister, on 12 August 2020.

Nurses have been at the heart of the fight against Coronavirus, working day and night to protect the NHS and save lives. It is a positive that the great work they have done has received greater recognition and more applications, but with over 40,000 nurse vacancies we are still nowhere near the scale required to end the staffing crisis.

Too often we hear of nurses leaving in their droves because they are overworked, underpaid and underappreciated. If this government is serious about attracting people to work as nurses then they need to show that it values those who already do, give them the equipment they need and give them the pay talks they deserve.