Responding to the publication of the implementation plan for the NHS’ 2020 Workforce Vision, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:
“GP surgeries are on their knees, nursing and midwifery vacancies have soared, but now we learn we won’t see national and regional workforce plans alongside the government’s safe staffing bill for another year.
“We are in the midst of a recruitment crisis which the Scottish Government cannot continue to dismiss when health boards across the country need help.
“Audit Scotland recently pointed out that it takes seven years to train a doctor but staffing levels are only being planned five years ahead of time. The Scottish Government needs to act now to take the pressure off overworked NHS staff and deliver the sustainable workforce our health service needs.”