NHS Grampian and NHS Tayside are each losing over 1 million hours of staff time to illness each year, according to a freedom of information request obtained by North East Liberal Democrat MSP Mike Rumbles.
Since 2016, the two North East health boards have accounted for 6,802,893 hours of staff illness. The full-time (40h/wk) equivalent of over 800 members of staff on sick leave every single day.
Mr Rumbles said: “These figures are shocking and highlight the extreme pressure on our local health care services in the North East.
“NHS Grampian has been the worst funded health board in Scotland for over a decade and the lack of resources will have had a huge impact on the ability of our hard working staff to care for patients. It is no surprise at all that pressure and low morale will also have an impact on the number of days staff are ill and are forced to stay home.
“I have repeatedly called on the Scottish Government’s health secretary to act and put our health care in the North East on an equal footing with the rest of Scotland but my warnings have fallen on deaf ears.”
Notes to Editors
- FOI response from NHS Grampian (07/19):
- FOI response from NHS Tayside (06/19):