Nursing Associates

Part of Health and Social Care – in the House of Commons on 7th May 2019.

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Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Labour/Co-operative, Huddersfield

Does the Minister know that when I went to a restaurant the other night with my wife there was a hum and a buzz coming mainly from the young women there? I asked, “Who are all these young women?” The maître d’ said, “They are all young Spanish nurses who are going home. This is their last evening in Britain.” Nursing associates will not fill that gap; these are young people coming in at the classroom assistant level of qualification. We need more nurses now, and we want to stop this haemorrhaging of nurses who are going back to the rest of Europe.