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16 December 2008

STEVENSON HAILS UNPRECEDENTED LEVELS OF FRONTLINE NHS STAFF

Banff & Buchan MSP Stewart Stevenson has welcomed the publication of NHS workforce statistics by ISD Scotland that show a rise in GPs, Dentists, Medical Consultants, Nurses and Midwives across the country. These increases mean that there are now more frontline NHS staff working in Scotland that at any point previously.

Commenting, Mr Stevenson said:

“The SNP Government is investing more in Scotland’s health than ever before, and we have been able to deliver such unprecedented staffing levels as a result of this. Putting more medical staff on the frontline of the NHS is key to improving the already high standard of care that the NHS provides, and I am delighted that we have been able to make this investment.

“Opposition claims of cuts in the NHS have been exposed as baseless scaremongering by these statistics. I would challenge them to be big enough to now admit their claims were baseless and acknowledge that with more nurses, doctors, midwives and dentists the NHS is in a better place than ever before to support people across Scotland.

“The SNP is determined to support the magnificent work that the NHS does in looking after Scotland’s health, and we are investing more than ever before to achieve this.”
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