Scottish government urged not to cut nurses

MSPs should challenge Scottish cabinet secretary Nicola Sturgeon not to cut the future nursing workforce, according to the RCN.

Nicola Sturgeon: Scottish cabinet to cut the future nursing workforce
Nicola Sturgeon: Scottish cabinet to cut the future nursing workforce

It says that the 2010/11 draft health budget, which Ms Sturgeon is quizzed about today by the Scottish Parliament's health committee, proposes a cut in the budget which pays to train registered nurses.

RCN Scotland  is concerned that a reduction in the number of registered nurses would come as nurses are increasingly important to improve the quality of patient care.

Theresa Fyffe, RCN Scotland director, said: ‘As the age profile of Scotland's nursing workforce grows older, with three out of 10 community nurses reaching retirement age within the next 10 years, and with a net outflow of nurses leaving the UK to work abroad, this would be the wrong time to cut the number of registered nurses entering the NHS in Scotland.'

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