Manifesto promise – and senior Tories – implode as promise to ‘recruit’ 50,000 nurses exposed as yet more Johnson fakery
The Tories’ manifesto has failed to even survive twenty-four hours contact with reality.
Boris Johnson promised yesterday to ‘recruit’ fifty thousand nurses, in one of the few seemingly substantial items in a flimsy Tory manifesto attacked by the Institute for Fiscal Studies as containing a ‘remarkable lack’ of significant policies.
But the Tories are desperately trying to cover their backsides this morning after their ‘promise’ was revealed as a sham.
The Tories’ supposed ‘new’ nurse promise turns out to include trying to merely retain around 18,500 existing nurses who are either nearing retirement or so burned out that they are expected to quit the profession.
But the NHS is already suffering a shortage of 43,000 nurses – meaning that even if the Tories stuck to their promise, the NHS would still be more than ten thousand short – even if anyone believes that they will keep a promise, let alone restore the NHS so much that burned-out or retiring staff would want to keep toiling?
Senior Tories appeared on TV this morning in a desperate bid to try to justify the deception – but the term ‘car crash’ does not do the results justice. Brandon Lewis squirmed on Sky – but Nicky Morgan’s implosion on ITV’s Good Morning Britain was spectacular:
You can never trust a Tory – and their dishonest desperation to find something, anything to make them appear like anything other than poison to the NHS and our public services couldn’t be more obvious.
The SKWAWKBOX needs your support. This blog is provided free of charge but depends on the generosity of its readers to be viable. If you can afford to, please click here to arrange a one-off or modest monthly donation via PayPal or here for a monthly donation via GoCardless. Thanks for your solidarity so this blog can keep bringing you information the Establishment would prefer you not to know about.
If you wish to reblog this post for non-commercial use, you are welcome to do so – see here for more.