A trade union has written to every politician representing the Scottish Borders to highlight “dangerous staffing levels” in local hospitals. Unison claims serious breaches of safety guidelines are occurring daily due to a lack of nurses, auxiliaries and porters.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-61431190
Notice they’ve added nurses even through they don’t represent them?
The BMA and the royal colleges of nurses and surgeons are trade unions for doctors, nurses and surgeons but they’re never presented as such. We hear, instead, claims from a ‘leading doctor’ or ‘nurses’ or ‘top surgeon’, but this is a claim from Unison who represent the porters and the cleaners and which, like the others, serves only to further its members’ pay and conditions. Like the others you can’t trust them as reliable sources.
However, BBC Scotland go on to do just that despite clear evidence that Scotland has far better staffing than in NHS England.
The evidence? It’s here:
I don’t know if Scotland’s hospitals have more porters or cleaners but I do know that Health Secretary in 2009, Nicola Sturgeon, made sure cleaning stayed in-house and it paid off :