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RCN hits out at plans to cut nursing student members

3rd February 2012

The Royal College of Nursing Scotland has said the Scottish Government's plans to reduce the number of nursing students by 10% in 2012-13 will affect the standard of patient care.

Theresa Fyffe, Director of RCN Scotland, said: "Year-on-year cuts like this are not sustainable. Last year we agreed, reluctantly, to a 12% cut in numbers for 2011-12, but all the evidence we’ve gathered shows that this further cut in numbers in 2012-13 risks there not being enough professionally qualified nurses graduating to meet the demand for health services in the future and that this cut will be bad for patient care."

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