NHS Staff in Scotland at Record High

Constituency MP Stuart McDonald for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East and his Holyrood counterpart Jamie Hepburn MSP has today welcomed a 13.3% increase in the number of staff working for NHS Lanarkshire since the SNP came to office.

Mr McDonald, whose Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East constituency is partly covered by NHS greater Glasgow and Clyde has also welcomed an 831 increase of staff over the same period. In the last year the number of Consultant Staff in Post increased by increase of 72, which represents a 5.2% rise.

New figures show that between September 2006 and September 2015 the number of staff working in NHS Lanarkshire has increased from 9,265 to 10,499. There has also be an increase of 1.9% between September 2014 and September 2015.

Mr McDonald said:

 “The increases in staffing both in NHS Lanarkshire and in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde show the SNP’s dedication to driving up standards in our NHS.

  “Overall, the number of people working for the NHS in Scotland is now at a record high and there are now 2,000 more nurses and midwives compared to when the SNP took office. The NHS budget has also reached a record high and now stands at £12 billion – an increase of £3 billion since 2007.

 “I too would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff who work with such skill and dedication. The SNP will continue to support NHS staff and defend budgets. ”

In Scotland as a whole NHS staffing levels have reached record highs under the SNP Scottish Government.

Commenting, Mr Hepburn said:

“I was pleased to welcome these figures, showing that under the SNP NHS Lanarkshire has substantially more staff. I would like to thank the 10,499 hard-working doctors, nurses or ancillary staff who are providing crucial, high-quality care day in and day out.

 “While much progress has been made, the SNP will continue to do everything we can to make our NHS healthier still. That’s why, if re-elected as Scotland’s government, the SNP will protect the resource budget of the NHS in real terms for the next five years.”