Over­time pay­ments ‘nec­es­sary’

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

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.”

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