As Shetlanders go to vote Audit and Reporting Scotland combine to give you a selectively cloudy and inaccurate view of NHS Scotland staffing

Oh no! Quite a few doctors are my age. Retire? No way, I can do this sort of thing well into my 70s.

First thing this morning we heard:

Efforts to tackle GP shortages face significant challenges according to Scotland’s public spending watchdog. Audit Scotland says the Government will struggle to meet its commitment to recruit 800 new family doctors and also faces a shortfall in other health care workers including nurses and physiotherapists.

The report, as before with Audit Scotland, is based heavily on pessimistic estimated projections and pessimistic arbitrary judgements and, as always, sees no need for contextual comparisons with other areas to put things into perspective. Of course, that might reduce the anxiety viewers feel.

So, as always here, find below a list of a few bits of evidence not mentioned:

First on GP staffing:

Scottish patients have far better access to GPs than those in England

BBC Scotland’s fake news on GPs ‘overwhelmed’ by workloads

Reporting Scotland all quiet on surgery closures and GP shortages as BBC 1 shoot them in the foot again!

SHOCK Scotland has far more staff including consultants and GPs per head of population

Second on Nurse staffing:

As NHS England is pulled into ethnic nationalist self-destruction why there is no Scottish crisis in nurse staffing

Scotland’s nursing and midwifery staffing and student recruitment are Miles better!

SHOCK NHS Scotland has 50% more nurses per head of population!

Scottish Tories reveal strong improvements in nurse supply under SNP

25% increase in number of nurses to work with young people needing mental health services

Scottish student nurse and midwifery numbers reach record high as they plummet in Toryland

Nurse vacancies in Scotland only a fifth per capita of those in ‘Dear Old Blighty’ blighted by Toryism

Third on other health care staffing:

Scotland has 10% of the population but 17% of the health visitors and fewer post-natal deaths after SNP government increases staffing by 25%

Radiography staffing vacancies running at ‘healthy’ 5% in Scotland

NHS Psychology staffing soars nearly 40% under SNP

10% of the population yet 13.2% of the paediatricians: why the health of Scotland’s children is NOT being put at risk by staff shortages 

NHS Scotland spends 9% less on private agency locum neurologists as FT staffing rises

Published by johnrobertson834

Retired Professor of Media Politics Not-for-profit independent political analysis

6 thoughts on “As Shetlanders go to vote Audit and Reporting Scotland combine to give you a selectively cloudy and inaccurate view of NHS Scotland staffing

  1. Does Caroline Gardner ever give our NHS any praise?
    Her name seems to be more English than Scottish and perhaps she should get a job in England which has more to worry about than here.

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