Fears for the future of Scotland’s nursing workforce are growing, as fewer students opt to join the profession.

The Royal College of Nursing has warned the current workforce – which has about 5,000 vacancies in Scotland – has been worn down by years of understaffing and underinvestment.

In a recent report the Royal College of Nursing highlighted the significant financial pressures facing student nurses.

A staggering 99% said money was a worry, with nearly two thirds considering dropping out of their course altogether due to financial stress.

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