The number of nurses working in acute care has decreased by more than 2000 in less than three years, a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

The Labour Party, write:

Labour has today published new figures on the loss of nursing staff from England’s A&E units and hospital wards.

A freedom of information request has revealed that since May 2010, 2300 of England’s most front-line nursing jobs have been lost.

Last week, Labour’s monthly NHS Check report detailed the worst winter in the NHS for almost a decade. An extra 47,000 patients waited more than 4 hours in A&E this winter, compared to last year. Whilst an extra 10,400 patients were made to wait 30 minutes or more in ambulances outside overcrowded A&Es.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.