Following the publication of figures showing nursing and midwifery vacancies increased 2.7% in the last quarter to 2634.5, with over 800 posts lying vacant for over 3 months, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:
“As winter hits, our NHS needs to be equipped to look after people and health boards need support to be able to fill these vacancies.
“This continued increase in the number of vacant posts is nothing short of a crisis. Recruitment and retention problems have been years in the making and can be traced directly back to the door of SNP ministers, given their failure to conduct any robust workforce planning. It is time the SNP Government took action to mitigate the damage.”