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S5W-01969: Mike Rumbles (North East Scotland)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 16 August 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to assist NHS (a) Grampian and (b) Tayside in reducing dependency on agency staff.

Answered by: Shona Robison 9 September 2016

In order to reduce the reliance on agency staff, the Scottish Government and NHS National Services Scotland have launched a nationally coordinated programme for the effective management of all temporary staffing. The team are working with NHS Grampian and NHS Tayside to establish Regional and National Staff Banks to allow boards access to a high quality, flexible, workforce of appropriately qualified, experienced and competent staff when required, who work on NHS contracts and provide better value for money than alternative methods of filling the gaps.

We are investing in front line staffing, which has resulted in an increase in the medical and nursing workforce in these areas. In NHS Tayside there are 44% more Consultants and 4.2% more nurses. In NHS Grampian there are 38.7% more Consultants and 0.8% more nurses.