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New NHS survey results support RCN calls on safe staffing

2 Mar 2018

New way of collecting views of staff's experience of working in the NHS is welcome and raises many of the same issues the RCN is concerned about, including safe staffing levels.

Royal College of Nursing Scotland associate director, Norman Provan, said: 

“RCN Scotland has welcomed the change to collecting staff views through ‘iMatter’ to ensure that NHS Scotland measures staff experience in the best possible way and takes action on staff feedback. 

"It’s positive to see that engagement has been considerably higher than under the previous staff survey, however the feedback in the report highlights a number of areas, namely workforce planning and involvement in decision making, where more effective action plans need to be put in place. This is particularly important given the scale and pace of change being faced by health and social care services through integration and regionalisation. 

"The survey findings support our calls for guaranteed safe staffing levels with two thirds of those who responded stating there are not enough of them to provide safe, effective care.

"NHS staff on the frontline have spoken out; it is now up to those in positions of power to listen and to act.”

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