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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-21445: Monica Lennon (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 5 February 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of reported delays to its publication in December 2018 and January 2019, on what date the integrated health and social care workforce plan will be published.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 26 February 2019

Work is underway to develop a comprehensive plan to help address some of the recruitment and retention challenges faced by our health and care sector. We have already published workforce plans covering the NHS, Primary Care and Social Care.

We intend to publish our integrated health and social care workforce plan this year, as the Health Secretary made clear when she updated parliament in November. We are also currently taking our safe staffing legislation through the Scottish Parliament – the first multidisciplinary workforce and workload planning legislation in the UK.

Workforce supply pressures are compounded by the impact of Brexit, and we will undertake additional international recruitment activity in this financial year to promote the resilience of NHS Scotland as a result of EU Withdrawal.