NHS Lothian spending on bank and agency nurses has increased 47% in the last 5 years

£27,431,650 has been spent by NHS Lothian in 2017/18 on bank and agency nurses, an increase of £8,717,713 from 2012/13 spending levels, £18,713,937.

This week it was revealed by statistics from ISD Scotland that the number of nurses leaving Scotland’s NHS has reached a new high. NHS Lothian’s reliance on bank and agency nurses has risen to plug the gap.

Nurses are looking to get out of the profession in record numbers. Hardly a week goes by when the SNP’s disastrous management of the NHS isn’t exposed.

Their obsession with securing a second referendum has led to a neglect of the NHS with patients and staff being the ones who are paying the price.

Miles Briggs, Scottish Conservative Health Spokesman, comments:

“It is alarming that there has been a 47% increase in spending on bank and agency nurses in NHS Lothian over the last five years.

“There is an clear link between the number of Nurses leaving NHS Lothian and the significant increase in bank and agency nurse spending.

“The Scottish Government’s inability to retain Nurses just goes to show the total mismanagement of NHS Scotland’s workforce by SNP Ministers.”

Miles Briggs