Date lodged: 6 February 2019
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to address the reported 10% consultant vacancy rate in neurology and medicine for older people.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 26 February 2019
The Scottish Government works closely with Boards to support their efforts in staff recruitment and retention. To support health boards, we are investing £4 million over the next three years in domestic and international recruitment for GPs, nursing, midwifery and consultant specialties with the highest existing vacancy rates.
We are working to develop a comprehensive plan to help address recruitment and retention challenges across the health and social care sector. This includes consultation on Scotland’s first National Action Plan for Neurological Conditions, which covers a number of areas including workforce planning. We are carefully considering the consultations responses with a view to publishing the final plan later this year.