General election 2019: Seven-way debate fact-checked

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Senior figures from seven political parties have taken part in a BBC election debate.

BBC Reality Check has been looking at some of the claims made during the course of the 90-minute programme.

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Conservative Rishi Sunak claimed: “We’ve outlined a plan for £34bn [for the NHS], that will go on putting 50,000 more nurses on our wards, 50m more GP appointments and new and upgraded hospitals.”

Reality Check: The Conservatives have been grilled a lot over the 50,000 more nurses pledge. They say they will increase the nursing workforce in England from 280,000 to 330,000 by 2024-25.

About 30,000 of these will be from training, apprenticeships and recruitment from abroad. However, the rest will be from keeping nurses who might otherwise have left the profession. A survey by the Nursing and Midwifery Council suggested that about 50% of those leaving were due to “disillusionment” or “pressure”.

How many nurses does the NHS need?

Current trends in demands and nurse recruitment

Source: Health Foundation

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