New Scottish Government health and social care workforce plan is missing crucial details, says RCN Scotland.
Nurses and health care support workers protesting outside the Scottish Parliament to mark the start of a ‘summer of protest’ on NHS pay.
New NHS workforce data published this morning by ISD has shown that nursing and midwifery vacancies have increased by 27.5% since March 2016.
ISD statistics published today show that NHS reliance on bank and agency staff has increased over the last year.
NHS Scotland staff to get their say on working for the organisation using new ‘iMatter’ process in 2017.
Nurses' pay and that of other NHS staff will continue to fall behind cost of living, says RCN Scotland, as pay award capped at 1% for another year.
Commenting, Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Scotland Associate Director Norman Provan said: “These figures show that health boards are continuing to struggle to fill vacancies and that there’s a shortage of nursing staff in Scotland.
Local councillors need to be clear on their responsibilities towards delivering community health and social care through integration, says RCN Scotland.
Growing gaps in the NHS workforce, highlighted in today's (9 February) report from Audit Scotland, are undermining nurses' best efforts to care for patients.
Additional funding will help some of Scotland’s nursing students, but allowances are only one part of the support package to help student nurses finish their studies.