Hume calls for action as consultant vacancies treble

Scottish Liberal Democrats has called on the Health Secretary to act after figures published today showed the number of consultant posts lying vacant has trebled over the past four years.


Over 447.5 posts for specialists doctors were vacant in June 2015, compared to 127.9 in June 2011.

Of these posts, 188 whole time equivalent were vacant for more than six months, an increase of 95.1 posts since June 2014.

Clinical radiology was the speciality with the highest number of vacancies, with one in ten posts lying vacant.

Commenting, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP said:

“The Health Secretary must set out the Scottish Government’s plans to tackle this skills shortage.

“With vacancies for consultants trebling in four years, health boards will be forced to rely on more expensive and short term solutions such as the use of locum doctors. The increase in posts lying vacant for more than six months is particularly worrying.

“The SNP Government must work with health boards and local authorities to find innovate ways to recruit and retain consultants.”

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