31 May 2017
Today, the three Coventry Green Party candidates for parliament have pledged their support for frontline NHS nursing staff.
Stephen Gray, Green parliamentary candidate for Coventry North West, said:
"We have seen nearly a decade of pay cuts and massive staff shortages in the NHS."
"Nurses are dangerously overstretched and grossly underpaid."
"Nurses have seen their real-terms pay slashed and slashed again; almost 10% since 2008, with a Tory government promising another 12% cut by 2021."
Aimee Challenor, Green parliamentary candidate for Coventry South, said: "Thanks to a Tory commitment to dismantling our precious NHS, we are also currently short of 20,000 nurses."
"Applications by students wanting to get into nursing have dropped 23% since the nurses bursary was abolished. The scheme provided essential financial help for thousands of talented aspiring nurses."
Matthew Handley, Green parliamentary candidate for Coventry North East,
said: "Nurses are the bedrock of our NHS; the unsung heroes of our healthcare service and dedicated and committed miracle workers."
"Here in Coventry, the Green Party is committed to reinstating a fully funded, truly public NHS; paying our nurses fairly; restoring the Nurses bursaries, and fighting an extreme Brexit."
1) Only the Green Party is united in its commitment to the NHS Reinstatement Bill and the repeal of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 which forced a commercialised model on the NHS in England.
2) June 2015 - British Medical Association votes to support NHS Reinstatement Bill. https://www.carolinelucas.com/latest/caroline-responds-to-bma-support-for-nhs-reinstatement-bill