Record NHS Workforce
15 June 2017
continue to increase.
Figures published today show that Scotland's NHS has more staff
than ever before, up by over 12,300 WTE under this government.
In the last year alone the workforce increased by almost 1,000
whole time equivalent (WTE) to a new record high. At 31 March 2017,
139,430.9 WTE staff are working in hospitals and community
healthcare settings across the country.
Nursing and midwifery is at historically high levels, with
3,015.4 more WTE nursing and midwifery staff under this Government.
The statistics also show record numbers of Allied Health
Health Secretary Shona Robison said:
"Under this Government, NHS staff numbers have risen to record
highs - with more consultants, nurses and midwives now delivering
care for the people of Scotland.
"There are now over 12,300 more staff working in our NHS, with
nearly 1,000 of these recruited in the last year. These extra staff
will ensure people all across Scotland get the high-quality NHS
services that they rightly expect.
"With demand on our NHS rising we're committed to both record
investment in our health service and ensuring the necessary reforms
to deliver the right staff, with the right skills, in the right
place, long into the future.
"Scotland has led the way in the development of mandatory
nursing and midwifery workload and workforce planning tools that
help health boards to plan for the number of staff they require. By
using these tools, we can be confident that boards have information
on the right number of staff required to provide the best possible
care for patients in a variety of specialties."
Full access to the statistical publication can be accessed on
the ISD Scotland website.