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posted by Morning Star in Britain

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.




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