Paisley’s MSP George Adam has welcomed new figures showing the level of staff in NHS Scotland has reached a new record high.
The figures published today show that under the SNP the number of Whole Time Equivalent (WTE) staff in the NHS has increased by 8.3%. The number of NHS nurses and midwives are also at a record high – with almost 2,400 WTE more since 2006.
Commenting, George said:
“We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to the dedicated men and women who deliver quality care in our NHS day in and day out.
“These figures showing NHS staffing is now at a record high are very welcome indeed. This has been delivered by an SNP government that values our NHS and values those who work in it. Last year I had cause to attend the RAH and can’t thank the staff enough who treated me, and for putting up with me.
“This year alone health resource spending will increase by £409 million – taking total health spending in Scotland to over £12 billion for the first time.
“And the SNP government has continued to protect the pay and conditions of NHS staff. Unlike the UK Government, the SNP continues to guarantee no compulsory redundancies; at least a Living Wage for all NHS staff; and the delivery of their recommended rise.
“This has all been delivered at a time of continued Tory austerity. We will continue to make the case for the UK Government to end austerity and increase investment in valued public services like the NHS.”