Nurses in Scottish pilots feel threatened into compliance

Nurses in a pilot site for the proposed overhaul of community nursing roles in Scotland fear their careers could be threatened if they speak out against it, Independent Nurse can reveal.

‘I have never known staff morale to be so low and people to be so worried about their jobs and the services they deliver,' said a senior community nursing source who asked to remain anonymous. ‘It has become poisonous.'

Staff feel that ‘veiled threats' have been made by managers, warning them that if they speak out they may suffer ‘professional blight'.

‘It's like Stalinism,' the source said. ‘It's amazing how much of this is being driven by people away from the sharp end who don't listen to concerns from the frontline.'

Director of nursing and midwifery for NHS Borders Heather Maughan said she was ‘horrified' that staff felt unable to speak out, and urged them to share ideas.

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