As we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the NHS, many challenges remain

11 May 2023
Volume 32 · Issue 9


Despite the pressures facing nurses, NHS Chief Nursing Officers for Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England Alex McMahon, Sue Tranka, Maria McIlgorm and Ruth May look forward to new opportunities and projects to retain and develop existing staff and initiatives to attract potential recruits to the profession

Happy International Nurses Day to all my colleagues across Scotland, the UK and, indeed, across the world. We are one community, regardless of which part of the world or in which specialty we work. Clearly, none of us work in isolation, and I am forever grateful for the advice and support from all of those colleagues I have worked with throughout my career.

This year celebrates the 75th anniversary of the NHS. A significant landmark. Nursing and nurses have been there since the start and we have much to celebrate and to be proud of, particularly in the way that we have contributed to and shaped the NHS.

This is my second year as Chief Nursing Officer in Scotland, but I am celebrating 40 years since I started my nurse training. I have seen so much change for the good over that time. It is fair to say that there are significant challenges in the current health and care system across Scotland, but we do have a plan.

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