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Update// Nursing closure will affect frontline NHS

Labour Shadow Health spokeswoman: Jackie Baillie

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Subcity Update recently spoke to Labour shadow health spokeswoman Jackie Baillie on the proposed closure of the Nursing department at the University of Glasgow. Baillie had recently submitted a motion to the Scottish Parliament in support of the department prior to the Scottish Parliaments dissolution before the elections in May.

Jackie Baillie was sceptical on the University's position that there was an over-provision of Nursing courses in Glasgow and the West of Scotland and commented that with a rapidly aging population, NHS staff retiring and Scotland's poor health record there was a clear demand for well qualified nurses.

Jackie Baillie's Scottish Parliament motion is as below.

"That the Parliament notes with concern Glasgow University’s proposal to scrap its nursing course as part of a move to save £20 million over the next three years; notes that the nursing department at Glasgow University is outstanding and the course has been rated in the top 10 of the Times Good University Guide for the last three years; further notes that NHS boards across Scotland are cutting 1,500 nursing and midwifery posts and that the loss of frontline posts and skills will inevitably have a detrimental impact on patient care; and therefore urges Glasgow University to reconsider its decision and calls on the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing to intervene urgently to prevent cuts to frontline NHS services."

Reporter/interviewer - Kirsteen Fraser

Posted at 01:23, 30th March 2011