As we approach the pandemic’s next phase, strategies must be centred around adapting and renewing the health service through advanced facilities, working methods, and, most importantly, enhancing the environment and practices of our exceptional workforce.
The surge in Covid-related treatment has affected care for other illnesses across the board, and the effects of this will be long-lasting. The Scottish government’s NHS recovery plan outlines how the backlog will be addressed while continuing to meet the country’s ongoing, urgent healthcare needs. This must be delivered.
An RCN Scotland survey found three-out-of-five nurses are considering leaving their job due to persistent and growing pressures. Unrealistic workloads are being translated into widespread levels of dissatisfaction. With an increasing number of posts to fill, we must call on the Scottish government to act and ensure nursing is seen as the attractive and rewarding profession that it is.