MSP to raise 500 job cuts in NHS Tayside in Scottish Parliament

21 May 2010

Marlyn Glen is planning to raise the issue of the 500 full-time posts being lost at NHS Tayside with Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon during oral question time in the Scottish Parliament next Thursday ( 27th. May)

Ms. Glen said,

" The Health Secretary must make public now the contents of the 2010 Workforce Planning Summary which contains details of the job cuts.

"It is difficult to see how nursing posts can avoid being shed because of the extent of the cuts being demanded by the Scottish Government.

"It is doubly difficult to see how the loss of these posts would not impact adversely on front line care, particularly when a recent survey of nurses in Scotland indicated that over half of them were 'too busy' to provide the standard of patient care that they would like to give."

Ms. Glen said that NHS Tayside should also make public details of the nature of any posts left vacant that it has not advertised.

She added that the health board should also indicate whether registered nurses were to be replaced by nursing assistants as is planned in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

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