Ruth Maguire, MSP for Cunninghame South, has welcomed new statistics published today showing an increase in hospital and community healthcare workers in NHS Ayrshire and Arran between September 2015 and 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.

Commenting, Ruth 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 now more dedicated health care workers working in NHS Ayrshire and Arran compared to last year – bringing the total number to 8,694.

“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.”