Union says patients will pay the price as quality of care declines


As NHS workforce statistics reveal that 8,273 people have left the NHS since August 2011 and have not been replaced, UNISON is warning that patients will pay the price as the quality of care they receive declines.

UNISON head of health Christina McAnea said: “The old adage is true – you can’t trust the Tories with the NHS. The Tories promised to protect our health service, but their actions have only damaged it.

“Not only has the government hit the NHS with a demand for £20 billion in efficiency savings, it has wasted millions on a chaotic top down re-organisation. Patient satisfaction has declined, waiting lists are growing, wards are closing and now we know that more than eight thousand health workers have left the NHS. This will have a huge impact on patient care, which staff are vital to delivering.

“The government needs to go back to the drawing board on the NHS or risk the wrath of voters at the next election.”

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