Commenting on the announcement that the Scottish National Party and Scottish Greens have finalised a co-operation agreement, Julie Lamberth, Chair of RCN Scotland Board said: “We are seeing elective procedures cancelled across Scotland due, in part, to a lack of staff. Our members are clear that with around 3,300 nursing vacancies in our NHS alone, fair pay is needed to ensure we recruit and retain the nursing staff needed to provide the best patient care and recover from this pandemic. The Scottish Government’s pay award falls far short of what is needed.
“The Scottish Greens were elected on a manifesto which pledged a 12.5% pay rise for nursing staff. I hope that they will be using this agreement and their influence over the Scottish Government to push for a fair deal for nursing in all settings.”