North East MSP Mike Rumbles has attacked the SNP government’s continuing failure to tackle staff shortages within NHS Grampian, resulting in longer waits for vital treatment for many North East residents and increased anxiety amongst staff over patient safety.
A report produced by Audit Scotland on the “NHS in Scotland 2016” noted that “In the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and Woodend Hospital in NHS Grampian, staff expressed concerns about staff shortages and patient safety. This included being unable to provide sufficient care for patients with pressure ulcers and an increasing number of patient falls”. This follows the revelation 3 weeks ago that the Board was missing important cancer targets due to staffing shortages.
Mr Rumbles said: “Long-standing staffing issues at NHS Grampian have been inadequately handled by the Scottish Government over the last decade. The long-term effects of their neglect is putting unacceptable strain on our vital services.
“Who is at fault for the increase in waiting times and out of control agency and outsourcing spends is perfectly clear. NHS Grampian is not to blame.
“The SNP Government must grab the bull by the horns, simply saying spending on our NHS is at an all-time high is not good enough as demand is also at an all-time high. We need a step change increase in spending to attract the staff we need. Local people deserve real action to tackle this crisis.”