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McInnes: Nurse and midwife posts cut under the SNP despite shouts about protection

August 30, 2011 12:44 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Speaking in response to Scottish Government quarterly figures showing a drop in the number of nursing and midwifery posts by 485 in the last three months, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP said:

"The SNP raked in lots of votes by saying they would protect the NHS budget. They must have known that, even while they were mouthing the words, nurses and midwife posts were being scrapped.

"The health secretary has got to stop the spin. She admits that another 500 posts are projected to be lost in the rest of the year. People may be considering careers in the NHS. They need to know where they stand. The SNP shout about protecting the NHS but only whisper at the job losses."

Notes

Nicola Sturgeon 25th January 2011: "A vote for the SNP in May is a vote to protect our NHS"

Nicola Sturgeon 30th August 2011 after government figures show a reduction of 485 nursing and midwifery posts: "I appreciate that any reduction in the NHS workforce - particularly when it involves nurses, who are so vital to delivering quality care and service changes and who make up 40% of the total workforce - will cause concern"

The Scottish Government press release refers to a projected annual drop in nurse and midwife posts of 1.7%. The figures to June 2011 represent 0.8%.