Over the last 10 years the number of staff working in Scotland’s NHS has risen by 9.6%, new figures published this week reveal.
At the end of 2016, there was over 34,385 staff working in Greater Glasgow and Clyde and an overall headcount of 162,302 staff across NHS Scotland, with nearly 1,000 of these staff recruited in the last year. Over 300 additional staff were recruited to the Greater Glasgow and Clyde region between December 2015 and December 2016.
In the same year, health spending per head was 7.2% higher in Scotland compared to England, where the health service has been described by the Red Cross as facing a “humanitarian crisis”.
Commenting, Greenock and Inverclyde MSP Stuart McMillan said:
“Ten years of SNP Government has produced 12,200 more staff working in our NHS in Scotland and there’s been an increase in health service staff in Greater Glasgow and Clyde in that time.
“The Scottish Government are also committed to preparing our NHS workforce for the future by increasing student nursing and midwifery intakes for five consecutive years. That’s helped to see almost 10,000 nurses and midwives in training in 2015.
“While health spending in Scotland is expected to rise to over £13 billion in 2017-18 – and £2.123 billion in Greater Glasgow and Clyde – the NHS in England was described by the Red Cross as facing a humanitarian crisis and hundreds of thousands of protesters are marching against cut backs of up to two-thirds to health services across England.
“With demand on our NHS rising, the SNP is committed to ensuring our workforce is fit for the future and equipped for the challenges ahead. While the Tories in Westminster scrapped the nurse student bursary, we retained it in Scotland and created a £1m fund for nursing and midwifery students facing financial struggles at the same time.
“We are seeing real progress in Scotland’s NHS, and the SNP will never stop working to ensure that people in Scotland enjoy the first-rate health service they deserve.”