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I take on board the points raised by the Member, and there are plenty more statistics that we can read out if the Minister wants us to do so.
Better front line nursing cannot be achieved with fewer nurses. Consider the pressure that they are under already. Put simply, this is not rocket science. I suggest that the Minister takes a reality check. Do not take my word for it; take the words of nurses:
“the proposals will damage patient care and place further strain on an already pressurised nursing workforce.”
The loss of 722 nurses will damage front line services. The Minister should remember — to use a metaphor — that he will do what it says on the tin. He said efficiencies, not cuts; he said resources would be directed towards front line services —