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12 August 2016

Stevenson Welcomes Increase in NHS Grampian Nursing Staff

SNP MSP for Banffshire & Buchan Coast, Stewart Stevenson, has welcomed the announcement that NHS Grampian has recruited nearly two hundred new nurses.

A total of 186 extra nursing and midwifery staff have joined the wards over the last year and consultant vacancies halved during the same period.

NHS Grampian also confirmed that its total workforce rose to 14,442 people, an increase of 1.25% on 2015 and has committed to continue their recruitment drive.

Commenting on the announcement, Stewart Stevenson MSP said,

“I welcome these figures as they are both highly encouraging and demonstrate a very successful recruitment drive. Despite challenges, there continues to be excellent progress in attracting people to work in NHS Grampian.

“In order to deliver the level of care that we demand of our NHS, we need the medical professionals that are central to that process. This rise in the number of nurses will improve NHS Grampian and allow it to deliver the high level of care that is expected of the NHS.

“I congratulate everyone involved in achieving these figures. I welcome their commitment, and wish them continued success in recruiting the medical professionals that are so important to our communities in the North-east.”

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