FILL GAPS

Have em­ployed 94 nurses

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the cost of agency staff within the health board.

She said: “The NHS, like any other or­gan­i­sa­tion, is fac­ing work­force chal­lenges. How­ever, NHS Scot­land’s work­force is at a record high with more than 140,000 whole time equiv­a­lent staff. Up­wards of 44,000 qual­i­fied nurses and mid­wifes were em­ployed by NHS Scot­land as of 31 De­cem­ber 2017, which is an in­crease of 7.6 per cent since Sep­tem­ber 2006.

“There will al­ways be an el­e­ment of agency staff used within the NHS. How­ever, the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment are work­ing hard to re­duce re­liance on agency staff by in­creas­ing the NHS staff bank net­work.

“The staff bank is a pool of ap­pro­pri­ately trained NHS em­ploy­ees, on NHS con­tracts at NHS rates of pay, who can pro­vide tem­po­rary cover for short term ab­sences.

“The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment have also com­mit­ted to de­liv­er­ing an ad­di­tional 2,600 ex­tra nurs­ing and mid­wifery train­ing places by 2021 and th­ese ex­tra staff will help re­duce the re­liance on agency staff.

“One of the big­gest con­cerns go­ing for­ward is the un­cer­tainty over the sta­tus of EU na­tion­als work­ing in the NHS.

“BMA Scot­land have con­firmed that Brexit ‘poses a sub­stan­tial and se­ri­ous threat to the fu­ture of the NHS work­force’.

“It is dis­ap­point­ing that a year out from Brexit, the UK Gov­ern­ment still haven’t pro­vided clar­ity on the sta­tus of EU na­tion­als work­ing in the NHS.”

Costs in the spot­light Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal Wishaw reg­u­larly need agency staff

Po­lice pres­ence Of­fi­cers stop for a chat with hos­pi­tal staff

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