WORK AB­SENCES Stressed-out NHS staff ‘de­serve bet­ter’

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Richard Leonard has hit out at the Scot­tish Government after sta­tis­tics re­vealed the num­ber of NHS La­nark­shire staff tak­ing time off work be­cause of stress has soared by more than 15 per cent in the past three years.

As a re­sult, the equivalent of more than 162,000 work days have been lost dur­ing that time pe­riod which, ac­cord­ing to Mr Leonard, heaps “fur­ther pres­sure on un­der­re­sourced hos­pi­tals and health ser­vices”.

The Scot­tish Labour leader said: “The rise in ab­sences due to stress is a source of great con­cern. Clearly more and more work is be­ing ex­pected of NHS staff be­cause they are not be­ing given the sup­port and re­sources they need.

“NHS staff are amongst the most hard- work­ing and ded­i­cated in so­ci­ety; but many are be­ing pushed to the limit, of­ten de­liv­er­ing high lev­els of care to the detri­ment of their own health and well­be­ing.

“The SNP government has cre­ated a staffing cri­sis in our health ser­vice, with more than 3000 nurs­ing and mid­wifery posts ly­ing un­filled; a cri­sis wors­ened by Ni­cola Stur­geon’s de­ci­sion to cut the num­ber of train­ing posts whilst she was health sec­re­tary.”

The Cen­tral Scot­land MSP added: “Staff in our Na­tional Health Ser­vice have told us re­peat­edly they need ad­di­tional re­sources to meet so­ci­ety’s needs.

“Scot­tish Labour’s work­force com­mis­sion will con­sider cur­rent and fu­ture needs with a focus on mak­ing the NHS fit for the fu­ture.

“The SNP has cre­ated stress and anx­i­ety for pa­tients and staff, but it was Labour who cre­ated the NHS and we will not ac­cept this com­pla­cency from a tired and timid government.

“Hard-work­ing and ded­i­cated hos­pi­tal staff, and those that use our NHS, de­serve bet­ter than this.”

Con­cern Mr Leonard, pic­tured at Mon­k­lands Hos­pi­tal, says NHS work­ers aren’t given the sup­port re­quired

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