The number of NHS nurses in England is set to fall by almost 2,000 over the next four years according to government projections, Labour has said.
Accusing the Conservatives of having a “secret plan”, Labour’s Andy Burnham said fewer nurses would push hospitals “over the edge”.
The health document Labour is basing its claims on says fewer nurses would be employed because of “affordability”.
The Tories said the real threat to nurses was a Labour-SNP government.
The Liberal Democrats said neither Labour nor the Tories had a credible response to NHS “funding challenges”.
The figures Labour are using are included in a document entitled Health Education England’s (HEE) Workforce Plan for England 2015-16, and it predicts the NHS will have 1,966 fewer full-time nurses by 2019.