Safe staffing law must be paired with action

Responding to the publication of the Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Bill, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

“Moves to enshrine safe and sustainable staffing levels in law must be paired with action to support existing medical staff and attract new ones.

"We know that Nicola Sturgeon's cuts to training places have caused real damage, spending on agency staff has doubled, and each year thousands of staff feel the need to formally report their concerns over staffing levels.

"NHS staff are working around the clock but feel exposed because of the SNP Government's flawed workforce planning.

“The true measure of progress will be whether the scandal of year long waits for mental health treatment is ended, the GP crisis is resolved and the staffing shortages that leaves hundreds of critical clinical posts empty for months on end are filled."

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