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Nurses take anti-cuts petition to Scottish parliament

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Nurses in Scotland have urged politicians to avoid job cuts and said they must listen to the nursing profession if they want to improve patient care.

Royal College of Nursing (RCN) members from across the country last week presented a petition to MSPs of all parties ahead of May’s Scottish Parliament elections.

The petition was in support of the RCN’s Nursing Scotland’s Future campaign, which calls on the next government to cut waste and inefficiency in the health service rather than jobs.

The campaign has more than 1,700 supporters.

“With a third of the Scottish government’s budget going on health, MSPs must listen to nurses, who are the backbone of our health services, about how to spend that money,” said Kathy Kenmuir, one of the nurses who presented the petition.

“For instance, our skills could be used much more effectively, if only barriers to career development were removed and employers considered different ways in which we can work.”

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