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Briggs backs calls for more action to encourage males to enter nursing profession.

Miles Briggs, Lothian MSP and the Shadow Health Secretary, is backing calls for more action to encourage men to consider careers in the nursing sector. Senior lecturer and nursing expert at Edinburgh Napier University Christine Pollock has recently spoken out about the need for more to be done to attract more men to the field. Miles is asking the Scottish Government through written Parliamentary questions what action it is taking to encourage more men to enter the profession and to ensure that careers advisers are able to communicate to male school pupils and college students the benefits of a career in nursing.

Speaking today Miles Briggs MSP said:

“ With the current nursing workforce Scotland ageing, it is clear that we need to have a real focus on bringing in new recruits and encouraging men to enter nursing must be a big part of this.

“ It is of real concern that the number of men joining the nursing profession appears to be dropping and that men currently only make up around 10% of total nurses in Scotland. Male nurses can and do make a massive contribution to our health service and having more men as nurses would help decrease the current imbalance between those who are cared for and their carers, something that would be a real boost for all patients.

“ I back the calls from Napier University- which itself is doing a lot of good work in trying to encourage more men into the nursing profession- for teachers and careers advisors in schools and colleges to provide male pupils and students with more information on the diverse and rewarding career opportunities within nursing. I will be asking the Scottish Government what action it is taking in this regard in a range of Parliamentary questions.”

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Miles Briggs