Labour’s shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said: “The Conservatives’ claim on nurses is frankly deceitful – the sums simply don’t add up.
“First we had Johnson’s fake 40 new hospitals, now we have his fake 50,000 extra nurses.
“Matt Hancock and Tory ministers forced through the abolition of the bursary, partly causing the nursing crisis afflicting our NHS today.
“The new damaging Tory nurses’ tax on European nurses will make it impossible to deliver the nurses our NHS needs.
“Labour will deliver over 50,000 new nurses through bringing back the bursary and allowing ethical international recruitment.”
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