Clare asks a question about the number of staff working in the NHS

Question S5W-07935 09/03/2017

Clare asked:

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the number of staff working in the NHS.’

Answered by Shona Robison MSP 22/03/2017

Shona Robison responded:

Under this Government, the number of staff working in NHSScotland has increased by over 12,000 Whole Time Equivalent (WTE) to a record high total of 139,262.0 WTE.

This includes record high numbers of qualified nurses and midwives, which have increased by 6.8 per cent to 43,820.9 WTE, and a 45.7 per cent increase in consultants, which have increased to 5,299.6 WTE.

Further information on the most recent NHSScotland workforce statistics is published by ISD Scotland and is available at the following link:- http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Workforce/Publications/data-tables2017.asp?id=1870#1870

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