25 February 2011
The number of nursing and midwifery staff in NHS Tayside has slumped to its lowest level in almost 4 years, according to new figures released by Marlyn Glen.
Since last September, the number of staff has fallen by 37, to 4,956 last month.
This puts staffing levels lower than they were in each of the past three years and lower than they were in 2007.
Ms. Glen said,
” Despite Scottish Government claims of sparing the NHS from cuts, the number of nursing staff in NHS Tayside has been falling since 2009.
“More over-stretched as well as fewer nursing staff is unwelcome news.
“This results from even greater demands from the Scottish Government on health boards which are already struggling to find ‘efficiency savings’.”
Number of nursing and midwifery staff in NHS Tayside at January 2011 4,956
Number of nursing and midwifery staff in NHS Tayside at September 2010 4,993
Annual Number of nursing and midwifery staff in NHS Tayside
Jan 2011 4,956 – the lowest figure in almost 4 years
Source : (ISD Scotland data for September of each year and NHS Tayside)