Scotland to 'lose' 1,500 nurses and midwives

Up to 1,500 nursing and midwifery posts are set to be removed across Scotland during 2010/11, Scottish government figures reveal.

Nicola Sturgeon: no compulsory redundancies
Nicola Sturgeon: no compulsory redundancies

Workforce projections for all NHS boards for 2010/11 show this equates to the largest reduction in posts across all NHS staff groups. Around 100 management positions will be reduced, the figures show.

Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said there would be no compulsory redundancies and that the ‘quality of patient care remains paramount'.

She added: ‘These figures are not set in stone. I expect boards to continue to try to minimise the reductions by working hard to maximise non-workforce related efficiencies.'

But Dr Brian Keighley, chairman of BMA Scotland, said the NHS is already running at 'full capacity' and warned that even small cuts to frontline services will have a direct impact on patient care.

He said: 'It is therefore essential that in reaching these decisions, NHS managers consult with healthcare professionals locally and value the medical leadership offered by doctors to reshape and develop services to make them more efficient without affecting the quality of patient care.'

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