Rise in NHS staffing levels

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The number of staff working in the NHS in Scotland has increased by over six per cent under the current Government, according to new figures.

Statistics released today by ISD Scotland show that the NHS has 135,016.3 whole time equivalent (WTE) members of staff, an increase of 6.3 per cent, or 7,954.4 WTE staff since September 2006.

The statistics also show that the NHS workforce has grown by 2,474.7 WTE, or 1.9 per cent, in the last year alone.

There are now 42,553.5 WTE qualified nurses and midwives working in NHS Scotland, an increase of 3.7 per cent under this Government.

The number of NHS consultants in post has increased by 2.4 per cent over the past year to 4,685.8 WTE.

Health Secretary Alex Neil said:

“I know how important it is that we have the right number of staff in the right place at the right time to provide the best possible care for patients.

“These figures show that the NHS workforce has grown under this Government, and that the number employed by NHS Scotland has increased by 1.9 per cent over the last year alone. In addition, the number of qualified nurses has increased.

“It is vital that our approach continues to be led by in-depth evidence-based planning.

“That is why we now have mandatory nursing workforce planning tools in place across Scotland, and these are working well in helping health boards to plan for the number of staff they require.”