A new survey by the Royal College of Nursing Scotland (RCN) has revealed that 74 per cent of nursing staff in Scotland believe they are financially worse off than they were five years ago.
The worrying survey, which 800 nursing staff across Scotland took part in, also found that four in 10 nurses are losing sleep over financial worries, and almost the same number are searching for a new job, dire news for a country currently facing a severe nursing shortage.
In a statement, Theresa Fyffe, Director of RCN Scotland, called on The Scottish Government to confirm a real-term pay increase to nursing staff, she said: “Given the prolonged pay freeze and soaring nursing vacancies left unfilled it is no surprise that our survey highlights that the morale of nurses and health care support workers in our NHS is plummeting.
“Nursing teams on the frontline have spoken out; it is now up to those in positions of power to listen and to act fast.”
The Scottish Government has said that the findings of the report have been shared throughout the NHS and will be considered during winter planning.
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