Alex Cole-Hamilton: RCN survey confirms overburdened health service

In reaction to the results from the survey issued by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) the Scottish Liberal Democrats have said investment is needed in an overburdened health service.

The survey revealed that 88.8% of the 1000 nurses surveyed say that their workload has got worse and only 12.8% believe that the health service is able to meet demand or exceed expectations.

Taking stock of the worrying results the Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

“The fact that only around one in ten nurses think the health service is able to meet demand confirms there are serious problems which the Scottish Government need to get to grips with. The quality service we receive is only made possible by the fantastic commitment displayed by hard working nurses under increasing workload pressures.

“As well as ensuring funding for our health service at least matches inflation and rises elsewhere in the UK, the Scottish Government must work closely with professionals including the RCN to reduce the burden of top-down targets that get in the way of their providing effective clinical treatment. It is the only way to get our health service heading in the right direction again.

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