In response to Scottish Labour’s story on stress amongst NHS workers, Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Scotland Director, Theresa Fyffe, said:
“Every day nurses and health care support workers go onto their shift wanting to deliver safe, high quality care to patients, but staffing shortages mean that they often struggle to provide the care they want to.
“The personal and professional toll of constantly feeling like you are failing your patients is enormous and must not be underestimated. For too long, nursing staff have had to deal with increased demands on their time whilst also battling chronic staff shortages.
“With the Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Bill before the Scottish Parliament, MSPs have the opportunity to enshrine safe staffing levels in law. This is an opportunity which must be taken for the wellbeing of staff and the safety of patients.”