BMA calls for more recruitment of consultants despite Scottish NHS workforce hitting record levels

06 March 2018 – NHE

The British Medical Association has called on the Scottish Government to improve its recruitment of consultants in spite of new reports which show the overall number of NHS staff in the country is increasing.

Quarterly figures show a rising percentage of vacancies – from 370 to 408 – with most of them remaining unfilled for over six months at a time.

In comparison, the total number of staff across the entirety of the workforce has hit a record 140,000, driven by a boost in nurses and midwives in both community and hospital care.

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