Responding to BMA Scotland’s concerns than NHS consultant vacancies are “substantially higher” than reported in official figures, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:
“The apparent extent of hidden consultant vacancies is staggering. There’s no way the Scottish Government can take effective action to counter shortages if they’re working off wildly wrong numbers.
“Every MSP will have had complaints from consultants in their area about dwindling numbers, just as I have. Ministers have a duty to make sure official vacancy statistics are realistic and representative.”