Far more nurses join than leave in better-staffed NHS Scotland

BBC Scotland, STV, the Herald and many of the others are gleefully reposting the RCN’s latest survey of nurses leaving the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register in the 12 months to September 2022.

Most tasty for them is this:

In Scotland, NMC data indicates that in the 12 months to September 2022, there was a 13% increase in the number of nurses who left the register, followed by Wales with a 7% rise, England (4%) and Northern Ireland (3%).


Revealing their clear agenda, they have, first, not bothered to do a breakdown on this below:

According to the NMC register, between October 2017 and September 2022, 168,859 nurses joined the register, and 127,096 left.

What do you think? Might that 30% increase have been even greater in NHS Scotland than elsewhere? Their silence speaks volumes .

Second, never mind the percentage increase in the number leaving, what is the actual number? Too small for a headline?

Then, how big a thing is this? There are more than 64 000 nurses in Scotland.

Scotland has 50% more nurses pro rata than England.

Only Scotland’s nurses have not yet gone on strike. Why might that be? Better conditions, better pay, better treatment by Government?


3 thoughts on “Far more nurses join than leave in better-staffed NHS Scotland

  1. … and the Leader of Unison this morning on LBC highlighted the FACT that nurses in Scotland earn approx. £2000 MORE per annum than those in England .

    Will this be the lead story on Misreporting Scotland ?

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  2. To be fair to BBC Scot/STV/Record the figures that you ask for are not in the RCN document “Valuing Nursing in the UK”, pressumably as they are not helpful to the RCN’s agenda.
    Also the data re leavers is for “the 12 months to September 2022”, whilst that showing more joiners than leavers is for “between October 2017 and September 2022” (5 years). So the comparison is not really meaningful or valid.
    To ferret out the full facts would have required the media to have done some actual investigative journalism – probably beyond them.


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