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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-18948: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 20 September 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how much each NHS board has spent on recruitment campaigns in each year since 2007, and how many staff have been recruited.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 2 October 2018

This information is not held centrally. NHS Scotland health boards have fully devolved responsibilities for the for the recruitment, retention and deployment of staff. The Scottish Government works closely with boards to support their recruitment efforts.

Under this government, whole time equivalent staffing levels have increased by over 12,000 (Sept 06 – June 18). Quarterly statistics on vacancies, staffing and turnover are published by NHS Information Services Division.

Over the next 3 years the Scottish Government is investing over £4 million in recruitment and marketing campaigns, which will focus on on attracting GPs, social care workers, nurses and midwives to NHS Scotland.