NHS Grampian agency staff costs rise £16 million in three years


North East MSP Mike Rumbles has launched a scathing attack on the Scottish Government after figures show that the cost of agency staff in NHS Grampian increased from £7.3 million in 2013/14 to £23.1 million in 2016/17.

The statistics provided by the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Health also show that the local health board spending on agency staff went up by £4.1 million last year alone. Current spending is almost 10 times what NHS Grampian spent in 2006/7, the year the SNP came to power, and is presently the second highest spend of any health board in Scotland.

 

Parliamentary library (SPICe) figures also show that the Scottish Government underfunding of NHS Grampian has risen to £165.6 million since 2007/8.

 

Mr Rumbles said: “The shocking figures on agency staff show just how appalling the situation is for NHS Grampian. The Health Minister should hang her head in shame.

 

“Flexible agency staff play an important role in our local health services but a decade of underfunding has left NHS Grampian beholden to outside and private contractors.

 

“The shortfall in Scottish Government funding, worth £165 million over ten years, could have paid for 600 full time nurses every year since 2008. The Minister must now recognise the damage her party has caused and should start to make amends.”

 

ENDS    

 

Notes for editors:

 

  • The following table shows NHS Grampian's allocation since 2009/10 alongside the target allocation and the difference between the two, which shows NHS Grampian has received a total underfund of 165.6 million since 2009:

 

 

NHS Grampian allocations, m

 

 

 

 

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

Allocation

660.7

678.5

691.1

711.7

743.8

773.3

827.3

882.3

902.5

Target

685.2

705.2

 725.6

745.4

776.6

808.0

844.3

897.4

914.4

Distance from parity

-24.5

-26.7

-34.5

-33.7

-0.6

-12.0

-6.6

-15.1

-11.9

 

 


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