Many nurses in Scotland have expressed fears that their jobs will be affected by ongoing government cuts, according to a nursing body.
The ongoing economy drive has already seen numbers fall across the NHS, with the impact affecting nurses’ workloads and triggering concerns over patient care, according to the Royal College of Nursing Scotland.
Theresa Fyffe, college director, questioned the effects of the recent “escalation of savings”, calling for it to be brought to an end.
Speaking to Holyrood’s Health and Sport Committee, she said that a shift towards preventative spending had already seen savings made.
She was speaking alongside representatives from British Medical Association Scotland and Unison in front of the committee for the government’s draft budget and spending review.
The past 21 months have seen around 1,700 nurses lose their jobs, according to Conservative MSP Mary Scanlon.