Tory efficiencies equivalent to 15 000 fewer nurses in Scotland

Regulars here will have read more than once that Scotland has 50% more nurses per head of population than England.

The Scottish Tory leader would not or could not say where £600 million of ‘efficiencies’ would be made to enable his proposed pay rises.

From SNP Media today:

The SNP has challenged Douglas Ross to “come clean” on which NHS Scotland frontline services would face the chop under Tory plans for £600million of cuts.

Yesterday, the Scottish Tory leader admitted his party would make £600million of “efficiencies” cuts from “other parts of the NHS” to fund his manifesto commitments, but refused to say where the axe will fall. It is the equivalent of:

  • 15,000 WTE qualified nurses and midwives – almost a quarter of the total 46,000 WTE workforce
  • 25% of the total budget for medicines and medicinal supplies (approx £2.4billion)
  • 6% of the combined staff and medicines budget for NHS Scotland

On top of that, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has confirmed that the Tory manifesto underfunds all of their pledges on the NHS by up to £1billion.

In contrast, the SNP has pledged to increase the NHS budget by at least 20% (£2.5billion) and increase the social care budget by at least 25% (£840million) – with the Tories failing to offer a single extra penny for social care, despite the pandemic.

The SNP funding commitments will increase staffing and deliver SNP policies such as increasing mental health spending by 25%, delivering a network of fast track cancer diagnostic centres in every health board area, delivering a 4% pay rise for NHS staff, and creating a National Care Service for Scotland.

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