Unfilled nursing and midwifery posts rocket under SNP control

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The number of unfilled nursing and midwifery posts have rocketed under the SNP. Since 2011 there has been a fourfold increase the in the number of unfilled nursing and midwifery posts in our NHS, going from 579 to 2,566. In NHS Lothian there has been a 177% increase in nursing and midwifery vacancies.

When Nicola Sturgeon was Health Secretary she slashed training places for nurses and midwives. The SNP have seriously mismanaged our NHS, creating a workforce crisis. 

In NHS Lothian, vancies have jumped from 56 in 2011 to 155 in 2016. In NHS Highland, where there is strong local opposition to proposals for a downgrade to a maternity unit in Caithness, vacancies have increased from 33 to 123 in five years. In Greater Glasgow and Clyde Glasgow, where local services are threatened with the axe, vacancies have rocketed from 53 to 892. 

The figures have been released ahead of Scottish Labour's national campaign day on the NHS, with hundreds of Labour activists across the country taking to streets to campaign on the NHS. 

Labour Health spokesperson Anas Sarwar said: 

“The foundations of our most valued public service are our NHS staff, but in the last five years the number of unfilled nursing posts in our NHS has rocketed. 

“A decade of SNP mismanagement of our NHS has created a workforce crisis with 9 out of ten nurses saying their workload has gotten worse and a third of NHS staff saying there aren’t enough of them to do their jobs properly. 

“These problems did not appear overnight, they happened on Nicola Sturgeon’s watch as when she was Health Secretary. Shona Robison appears completely incapable of cleaning up her boss’s mess. 

“The SNP government need to accept there is a problem if they are ever to fix this mess. If NHS staff aren’t given the support and resources they need it is patients who miss out.  This impacts on patient care to with 7 out of 8 standards failed. 

“That’s why Labour want to use the powers of the Scottish parliament to take the pressure off our hospitals and NHS staff, and ensure better care for patients.”