Janice Smyth Director, RCN in Northern Ireland Royal College of Nursing. Devolution One RCN in Four Countries. Northern Ireland Assembly Scottish Government Welsh Assembly Government. The Scottish Context. Scottish National Party minority Gov since 2007 Next elections May 2011
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Director, RCN in Northern Ireland
Royal College of Nursing
DevolutionOne RCN in Four Countries
Northern Ireland Assembly
Welsh Assembly Government
*5 million people - inhabiting 40% of the UK landmass - 90 inhabited islands.
Different politics, different priorities,
different health structures
many of the same problems as the rest of the UK
Health and wellbeing dept received 1/3 of Scotland's £30bn+ budget
roughly 70% of NHS Scotland budget on staffing costs
Nurses make up around 40% of the workforce
So nurses becoming the easy target for saving money
anecdotal evidence of workforce plans bypassed to cut wage bill and not all workforce plans agreed and published for this year