Concern at fall in nursing staff

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NUMBERS of qualified nurses, midwives and health visitors have fallen across the region – leading to concern from a South Yorkshire MP.

Michael Dugher, Labour MP for Barnsley East, said the total figure has fallen by 1,318 in Yorkshire and the Humber since May 2010.

He said: “Prime Minister David Cameron came into power promising to protect frontline NHS jobs, but the evidence against that claim is stacking up, not just in Yorkshire but across the country.

“Nationally, more than 6,000 nursing jobs have now been cut on his watch and the cuts are especially bad in Yorkshire with 1,318 fewer nurses working on the frontline than two years ago.”