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SNP’s ‘shoddy’ planning blamed for leaving NHS in the grip of a recruitment crisis

Recruitment figures were described as deeply concerning

Scotland’s NHS is in the grip of a recruitment crisis thanks to shoddy SNP planning, it has been claimed, after official figures showed hundreds of vacant nursing and consultant posts.

Health chiefs recorded the equivalent of nearly 2,400 full-time vacancies for nurses and midwives at the end of last year, along with 412 consultant posts for doctors and dentists.

The number of empty allied health professional posts spiked last year by nearly 38 per cent, from 372 to 513. Hundreds of the vacancies across the NHS had lain empty for more than three months.

Jeane Freeman, the Health Minister, pointed out the Scottish NHS’s workforce was at a record level after increasing by 0.2 per cent compared…

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