Scotland sees smallest increase in nurse numbers

Commenting on new figures from the Nursing and Midwifery Council showing that Scotland has had the smallest increase in the number of nurses and midwives in any UK nation over the past twelve months, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

"There are vast numbers of unfilled vacancies for nurses. On the SNP's watch nursing is simply not an attractive enough profession to attract the staff the NHS needs.

"Even as staff stream for the exit, the SNP and Greens voted down Scottish Liberal Democrat proposals for a burnout prevention plan to ease the burden on staff. It's as if they've never spoken to a nurse in their lives.

"Nurses and midwives need new hope. It's time for urgent action to put in place the workforce that the NHS needs to flourish. If Humza Yousaf can't do that, we will need a new Health Secretary."

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