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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-21524: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 6 February 2019

To ask Scottish Government how much each NHS board has spent on locum neurologists in each year since 2015.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 19 February 2019

Spend on Agency Locums in secondary care reduced by 8.8% from £110,120,000 in 2016-17 to £100,382,000 in 2017-18. In 2015-16 spend was £98,298,000. Spend on internal NHS locums was £47,737,000 in 2017-18, which has increased from £39,539,000 in 2016-17, and was £43,017,000 in 2015-16. This increase reflects our commitment to expand the internal Staff Bank, securing more of our temporary staff from this area. Spend data on specific staff groups is not held centrally.

In September 2018 there were 64.5 WTE Neurologists in post, a rise from 58.7 in September 2015.