ref date:21 Oct 1998 (HEA)
Labour squeeze on NHS affecting nursing standards
As with Mrs Thatcher before him, Blair and his quangos report that
things with the NHS are getting better. Whilst some moves by Labour to
abolish the inefficient NHS trusts are to be welcomed the Royal College of
Nurses have said a survey of their members indicates all is NOT WELL in the NHS.
Who would you believe, the guys on the front line or Mr bureaucrat?
RCN officer in Scotland, Ms Lynn Masson, said:
"This survey endorses what nurses tell us every
day, that there are simply not enough qualified
staff to do the job and that patient care is being
"Nursing shortages are no longer a problem
confined to London and the south-east of
England but are beginning to hit Scotland.
"This problem will get worse unless action is
taken. We need to stem the tide of nurse
shortages and we will only do that if the
Government awards nurses a fair pay
The RCN claims there are some 8000 unfilled nursing
vacancies in Scotland and England.
Labours health care manifesto lie