Overtime payments ‘necessary’
Staff shortages in NHS Lanarkshire resulted in overtime payments to consultants almost doubling – with one receiving almost £ 136,000 in additional earnings.
Figures obtained through a Freedom of Information request reveal NHS Lanarkshire overtime payments to consultants rose from £ 1.8million in 2013/ 2014 to £ 3.4m in 2015/16.
Across Scotland the figure rose from £14.27m to £20.92m.
The British Medical Association said that the issue stemmed from staff shortages.
The number of consultants retiring and posts not being filled has also been mentioned as an area of concern.
Scottish Conservative health spokesman Donald Cameron claimed a “mini retirement boom” among consultants left many vacancies unfilled in Scotland, with almost half remaining open for over six months.
An NHS Lanarkshire spokesman said: “The payment of £ 135,820 was necessary to meet waiting list initiatives at a time of pressure within the service due to staff vacancies.”