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Cole-Hamilton: SNP must urgently act on nursing pay and pressure

December 12, 2017 1:00 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today demanded that the Scottish Government urgently act to address the concerns of nurses as a new report reveals the immense pressure they are under.

A survey by the Royal College of Nursing Scotland (RCN) found the majority (61%) of nursing staff said they were too busy to provide the level of care they would like. Meanwhile, three quarters said they felt worse off than they did five years ago, and pressure on personal finances has meant that only 38 per cent said they would recommend nursing as a career.

Mr Cole-Hamilton said:

"If the results of this survey don't make the Scottish Government sit up, take notice and deliver real change, I don't know what will.

"Nicola Sturgeon's cuts to training places have come back to bite. Agency spending has more than doubled, there are hundreds of long-term nursing and midwifery vacancies and the pressure that is being put on the remaining staff is immense.

"SNP ministers have relied on the goodwill of NHS staff for far too long. It is time they were given the pay rise they deserve and the resources they need to deliver the quality of care that they know they can, given the right support."