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Health Secretary must take quick action to protect NHS

December 2, 2014 3:43 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP has called on the Health Secretary to take quick action to protect the future of Scotland's NHS as it emerged an increasing number of posts are lying vacant for six months or more.

Official figures published by NHS Scotland today showed that:

  • 2.2 percent of medical and dental consultant posts have been vacant for over six months, up from 1.3 percent.
  • 0.9 percent of nursing and midwifery posts have been vacant for more than six months, up from 0.7 percent in September 2013

Mr Hume said:

"Year after year the number of posts lying vacant in Scotland's hospitals continues to increase. Key waiting times are being missed, more people are being kept in hospital despite being clinically ready to leave and capacity issues have resulted in more patients being treated in wards unsuitable to their needs.

"Our hardworking NHS staff is being asked to do more with less but this does not come without a cost to morale. The Health Secretary must take quick action to protect the future of Scotland's NHS and give NHS staff the support they need."