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Nurses and patients "to shape NHS"

Nurses and patients in Scotland have been told they both have a vital role to play in improving NHS care in the country.

The Scottish Executive is due to publish its health action plan before the end of the year, and a national consultation, giving the public the chance to have their say, has begun.

The consultation will help the Executive decide what action it needs to take to tackle health inequalities.

Health secretary Nicola Sturgeon said: "We are determined to help the people of Scotland sustain and improve their health. In everything we do, we want to ensure better, local and faster access to health care right across Scotland."

And nurses have been told their input will be vital in ensuring the Executive's targets are met.

Theresa Fife, director of the Royal College of Nursing Scotland, said: "The overall vision of improving public health and tackling Scotland's health inequalities requires a health service that works in partnership to deliver patient-centred services.

"Nurses make up the majority of those working in the health service and their contribution will, therefore, be key to meeting the challenge and achieving the government's health objectives."

Royal College of Nursing Scotland

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