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NURSES will launch a new campaign tomorrow night to encourage people to vote for “ambitious and radical” policies to “fix the NHS” at the coming general election.
The initiative, which is known as #Nurses4RealChange, will encourage nurses to share their own experiences of working in the NHS, social care and other council medical services.
Nurses will also tell people that they intend to vote for a Labour government on December 12 — due to the party’s unequivocal support for the renationalisation of the NHS, as well as its policies advocating the establishment of new mental health and care services.
Official figures from this year show that the NHS is short of approximately 100,000 staff, including over 40,000 nurses.
This has led to widespread fears that consistent underfunding could lead to the number of unfilled vacancies multiplying to nearly 350,000 by 2030.
#Nurses4RealChange has organised a canvassing session next weekend for Labour’s shadow fire minister Karen Lee, who is a longstanding nurse in her constituency of Lincoln.
The Morning Star understands that the events will also be promoted by pro-Corbyn campaigning group Momentum.
#Nurses4RealChange organiser Danielle Tiplady told the Morning Star: “We are a group of nurses who are standing up in this election to tell the truth about what is happening to our NHS, our patients, our profession and our colleagues and to share why we are voting for real change on December 12.
“Our profession is stretched like never before. Our patients are suffering after nine years of austerity, feeling the brunt of cuts and being left for hours on trolleys in A&E due to a lack of capacity and resources.
“Right now, the NHS looks very bleak. We need ambitious and radical policies to fix nursing and the NHS, which is why we will be out campaigning to encourage others to vote for Labour.
“Everyone is welcome to join us. This is not just for nurses but our supporters too. Every working person has an interest in making sure that we have the future secured for an NHS that is run in the interests of all, and can assure the dignity of staff and patients alike.”
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