Scotland: plan to tackle NHS staff shortages delayed again

08 March 2019

The Scottish Government has delayed publication of its integrated health and social care workforce plan – to tackle staff shortages and high vacancy rates – for the second time.

Nurse Alamy

It originally said the action plan would be published before Christmas, then in February. Now the deadline for the policy has become a confirmation only to publish some time ‘this year’.

Lewis Morrison, chair of the British Medical Association in Scotland, warned there was no more time to lose: ‘Unfortunately, the state of staffing in Scotland’s healthcare services, as evidenced by our survey of members as well as official vacancy rates, emphasises the urgency required in addressing this.’

He added: ‘We know those vacancies are making it harder and harder to deliver the best patient care in an overstretched system.’

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