STRATHKELVIN and Bearsden’s MSP has welcomed new statistics showing an increase in hospital and community healthcare workers in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
The health board seen an increase of 222 workers in this area, from 33,994 to 34,216 from September 2015 to September 2016.
Under the SNP government, NHS Scotland staffing levels are at a new record high, increasing by 9.1% over the last 10 years.
Nursing and midwifery is also at historically high levels with 2,378 more dedicated staff.
Rona Mackay MSP said: “Under this Government, NHS staff numbers have risen to record highs – with more consultants, nurses and midwives now delivering essential care for the people of Scotland.
“Healthcare is a key priority for the SNP and I am really encouraged that there are 222 more dedicated health care workers working in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde compared to last year – bringing the total number to 34,216.
“In government, the SNP has ensured that NHS staff numbers have risen to record highs, with nearly 140,000 staff working in hospitals and community healthcare throughout NHS Scotland – an increase of 9.1% over the last 10 years.
“With an increase in student nursing and midwifery intakes over the last four years, we are also keeping an eye on the future. The SNP is committed to both record investment in our health service and ensuring the necessary reforms to deliver the right staff, with the right skills, in the right place, long into the future.”