Record numbers of doctors and nurses in Lothian

Patients in NHS Lothian are being cared for by record numbers of highly-skilled clinical staff, according to new figures.
There were over 1800 doctor posts in Lothian in 2007-8 and over 6,500 registered nurse positions, according to a new analysis.

The NHS Lothian workforce report shows there were 1,818 jobs for doctors and 6,575 full time posts for registered nurses.

This compares with 1773 medical posts in 2006-7 – an increase of 44 – and 6,476 registered nurses – an increase of 99 posts.

Dr Charles Swainson, Medical Director, NHS Lothian, said:

”We have been able to invest in our front line services – our clinical staff – and our patients are seeing the benefit. We are seeing and treating more people, more quickly, than ever before. “
The number of senior doctors’ jobs – consultants – has increased by 40, taking the number of full-time consultant posts in NHS Lothian to 654, according to the new analysis.
The increase in nursing posts is a result of investment in recruiting permanent staff rather than using agency nurses.