HeadLine: NURSES FORCED TO QUIT
The Mirror, 05/03/2001, p17
by SHAUN MILNE
A THIRD of cash-strapped Scots student nurses are being forced to quit
Public health sector union Unison revealed yesterday official figures
show 35 per cent of trainees are quitting.
They say trainees should be given the minimum wage and full employment
rights to encourage them to stay.
Senior officer Jim Devine said: “There is a clear link between the
number of student nurses leaving and poverty.
“They get a bursary of £5,000 a year and have no employment rights.
“Unless we pay them a decent salary and offer employment protection we
are going to face a crisis in Scotland.”
James Kennedy, of the Royal College of Nursing, said many were moving
to England, where some newly-qualified nurses are given higher rates of
But a spokeswoman for the Scottish Executive insisted: “We are
committed to recruiting more nurses to the NHS in Scotland.”
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