Fresh warning over nurse shortage [UK]

  1. a shortage of nurses in scotland is affecting patient safety, the royal college of nursing has warned.



    figures from the nursing and midwifery council (nmc) show that the number of recruits fell last year, in contrast with an increase in england and wales.

    rcn scotland has urged the scottish executive to reconsider reducing the number of student nurses.

    delegates at a conference in glasgow were told that the situation "won't improve any time soon". statistics showed that there were 64,915 nurses and midwives registered in scotland.



    about 2,200 nurses were recruited this year, compared to 2,537 in 1991.

    speaking on the opening day of the nt live nursing exhibition at glasgow's secc, rcn scotland chair jane mccready said nurses across the country were concerned about patient safety.
    "there are only 215 more nurses in scotland now than there were four years ago," she said.

    full story: fresh warning over nurse shortage [bbc news,uk]
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  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   fergus51
    And yet the NMC makes it more and more difficult for new nurses to register....
  4. by   rob5252
    Quote from fergus51
    And yet the NMC makes it more and more difficult for new nurses to register....
    don't blame the nmc (although i do wonder what they actually do for our license fee...) blame the conditions under which british nurses have to work. in case you've forgotten, it's like a third world country in some of our hospitals, the patient/staff ratio is impossible, moral is low, pay is insulting and the politics are all consuming. just look how bitter i am! if any of my friends expressed an interest in nursing, i'd have them committed! thank god nobody wants to apply to nursing school - it may make the powers that be address the situation!
  5. by   madwife2002
    Quote from rob5252
    don't blame the nmc (although i do wonder what they actually do for our license fee...) blame the conditions under which british nurses have to work. in case you've forgotten, it's like a third world country in some of our hospitals, the patient/staff ratio is impossible, moral is low, pay is insulting and the politics are all consuming. just look how bitter i am! if any of my friends expressed an interest in nursing, i'd have them committed! thank god nobody wants to apply to nursing school - it may make the powers that be address the situation!
    Do you know I was considering writing to our local paper this week comparing our hospital to something out of the third world, I feel like crying the situation is so bad on our ward now.

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