Record numbers of Medical Consultants at NHS Lothian

NHS Lothian had 740 consultants in post at the end of December 2007, compared to 685 in September 2005.

That’s a 7% increase, according to the NHS Scotland workforce report published today by ISD Scotland.

The investment in new staff is helping NHS Lothian deliver ever-swifter treatment for patients. Hard work by staff coupled with investment means no patients able to receive treatment are waiting more than 18 weeks in Lothian.

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

“We have used increased funding from the government to invest in front line staff. With more staff, we’re able to do more and our patients are seeing the benefits in terms of faster treatment.”