Once more BBC Scotland feasts on a single case and attempts to make a wider crisis out of it. The tragic tale of a young nurse fleeing the Covid ICU wards to return to Ireland tells us little about the circumstances of the other 55 000. That they only have one, tells us something potentially quite positive about the resilience of NHS Scotland.
In an effort to beef up their argument, BBC Scotland contacts a union rep and tells us:
Hilary Nelson, a ICU nurse and safety representative with the RCN, said the pay deal was critical for attracting more people to the profession and stopping nurses leaving.
She told BBC Radio’s Good Morning Scotland: “Nursing is tired. It’s suffering a lot of stress and the pressure is not going away.
“There are not enough nurses for our members to do the job they are expected to do. We just don’t have the workforce to do the job in hand.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-59211482
The claims are, of course not challenged with any data, simple though it is to find:
Vacancies are up from 6.6% in March 2021 to 7.1% in September 2021 but the current vacancy rate for nurses in England, is 10.3%, 30% higher than in Scotland.
As for the number of nurses ot do the job, NHS Scotland has 50% more nurses, per head of population, in the first place, than NHS England. This from 2019: