Responding to the latest statistics on NHS vacancies, Liberal Democrat Shadow Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Social Care Luciana Berger said:
“These figures show how the Tories have utterly failed to tackle the chronic staff shortages facing the NHS. As we approach yet another winter crisis, our hospitals remain understaffed meaning more cancelled appointments and worsening patient care."
“For years the Conservatives have ignored the NHS staffing crisis and now they are proposing to make it even worse. The Conservative’s Nurse Tax will hit the NHS’s ability to recruit the nurses from the EU that we desperately need to address current shortfalls."
“Liberal Democrats will build a brighter future where the NHS has the staff it needs and patients receive the care they need. We will stop Brexit and invest in the NHS by raising £7 billion a year from a penny on income tax; using a proportion of this investment to tackle urgent workforce shortages.”