THE SNP was accused of leaving NHS staff “overworked and undervalued” yesterday after half of Scottish nurses reported that staff shortages had compromised patient care during their most recent shift.
A survey by the Royal College of Nursing of over 3,000 Scottish nurses also found that a third reported the use of agency staff during their latest shift.
Scottish government spending on agency nursing staff has skyrocketed six-fold since 2012, and was almost £25 million in 2016/17.
Scottish Labour health spokesman Anas Sarwar said the figures were “deeply worrying” and “reinforces our warnings that the SNP has presided over a workforce crisis in our NHS, leaving staff over-worked, undervalued and under-resourced.”
Mr Sarwar said the problem is part of a legacy left by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who slashed the number of training places for nurses and midwives when she was health secretary.