ANGELA Rayner has backed Labour’s plans to recruit 20,000 more nurses by 2020, including 3,200 locally in the North West.
Under the Tories nurse numbers have failed to keep pace with demand while more than half of nurses say their ward is dangerously understaffed.
"Unlike the Tories," said Angela, "Labour will protect the NHS and make sure there are enough staff to meet patients needs.
"These 20,000 extra nurses nationally will be funded through the Time to Care Fund – raised from a mansion tax on properties over £2m, cracking down on tax avoidance and a new levy on tobacco firms.
“Our health service is in crisis under the Tories. The NHS cannot survive another five years of David Cameron.
“If we want a world-class NHS, then we need enough nurses with the time to care for patients. That’s why I’m proud that the next Labour government will bring in the Time to Care fund which will see the North West benefit from 3,200 more nurses locally.
“The truth is that only Labour will save the NHS from the Tories."
Andy Burnham, Shadow Health Secretary, said: “David Cameron has brought the NHS to the brink. There are too few staff on our wards, the bill for agency nurses is out of control and hospitals are forced to travel overseas to recruit nurses because of Cameron’s cuts to nurse training places.
“This cannot carry on. Labour will recruit more nurses in every region of England. We want this new generation of nurses to be home-grown and will offer young people a new ladder into the NHS.
“This will help build an NHS with time to care, that starts in people’s homes, ends the scandal of 15-minute visits and helps keep people out of hospital.”