McAlpine praises rise in staff numbers for NHS Dumfries & Galloway

SNP MSP for South Scotland Joan McAlpine has praised hard working staff at NHS Dumfries and Galloway after the latest statistics showed increased staffing levels across Scotland – helping give patients the best possible care.


The region is benefitting from an increase in the numbers of staff working for NHS Dumfries and Galloway – part of a Scotland-wide increase that has seen the NHS workforce reach record levels in 2018.


NHS Dumfries and Galloway had its full-time equivalent staff levels increase from 3537 t3670 – a rise of 3.8%.


Thanks to the SNP’s 2019/20 budget, NHS Dumfries and Galloway is set to receive an extra £10m in spending power – a 3.5% increase on last year’s spending.  


Commenting, SNP MSP for South Scotland Joan McAlpine says:


“Staff are the lifeblood of our NHS here in Dumfries and Galloway  and it is welcome news there are record numbers working in our hospitals and surgeries across Scotland.


“NHS Dumfries and Galloway will now benefit from having even more dedicated and highly skilled staff in our hospitals and surgeries – ensuring people in our region receive the world-class care that they have come to expect from our NHS.


“Of course we understand there are particular challenges in all rural areas recruiting some specialisms, and the board is working hard on recruitment. However these figures show real progress is being made.


“As a cherished public service the SNP will continue to ensure our health service is properly funded and fit for the future.”