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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-15520: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 21 March 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how many NHS surgeon positions remained unfilled in each year since 1999, also broken down by NHS board.

Answered by: Shona Robison 19 April 2018

NHSScotland staff numbers have increased by over 10% under this Government to a record high of than 127,000 WTE, with staff in post numbers of consultants working in surgical specialities increasing by over 40% in the same period.

Information on how many NHS surgeon positions remained unfilled in each year since 1999, broken down by NHS Board, is not centrally held. Specific local information may be available from individual NHSScotland Boards.

Information on consultant vacancy figures, of which consultants working in surgical specialities is a sub category, is published by ISD Scotland and is available at the following web links:

https://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Workforce/Publications/2018-03-06/Consultant_Vacancies_D2017.xls .

and

http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Workforce/Publications/2012-11-27/Consultant_Vacancies_S2012.xls?40942485 .