Boris Johnson’s dishonesty on glaring display again
The dishonesty of Boris Johnson and his party has been written in huge letters across every phase of this general election campaign.
Tory lies have been a daily and often more than daily phenomenon, from Johnson’s ludicrous claim that fewer children are in poverty to their manifesto ‘promise’ to put ‘50,000 more nurses’ into the NHS.
The nursing claim that didn’t even last the day before it was exposed as a lie by the revelation that well over a third – around 19,000 – of the ‘more’ nurses are existing nurses the Tories hope to retain when thousands are quitting yearly because of stress.
But the massive NHS lie has continued to collapse, like watching a demolished building fall down in slow motion. First, the detail of the Tories’ ‘more nurses’ plan was revealed to include only 1,400 new UK nurses per year.
And now, leaked NHS documents have revealed that not only are the numbers in the Tory claim a complete fiction and abuse of mathematics – but the ‘nurses’ are not even nurses.
The leaked documents reveal that around a quarter of the ‘nurses’ in the plan will in fact be cheaper ‘nursing associates’ who have not passed a full nursing qualification.
They also show that a nursing associate is considered the equivalent of half a nurse in terms of the tasks of a full nurse they can undertake. According to experts, over-use of nursing associates (NAs) puts patients in danger.
But in spite of this, the leaked document suggests that the number of new NAs might be far higher than the quarter of the supposed ‘more’ that is mentioned in the headline figure:
We assume that the NA pipeline will continue to recruit 7,500 trainees a year from 2019-20.
So the 50,000 isn’t 50,000 – and many of those that the plan does hope to employ are not nurses at all, but lower-cost, less-qualified ‘nursing assistants’.
The report also says that even if more nurses are recruited from overseas, around one in twelve nursing posts will still be vacant by 2024 under the Tory-driven plans.
Isn’t it just like the Tories to want to do things ‘on the cheap’ – and lie about it?
Never, ever trust a Tory with the NHS.
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