Boost For NHS Dumfries & Galloway As Staff Numbers On The Rise


Local MSP Emma Harper, has praised hard working staff at NHS Dumfries & Galloway after the latest statistics showed increased staffing levels across Scotland – helping give patients the best possible care.


NHS Dumfries & Galloway had its full-time equivalent staff levels increase from 3,536.9 to  3,669.6 – a rise of 3.8%, the highest percentage rise in staffing of all of Scotland’s health boards between 31st December in 2017 and 2018. While, Scotland as a whole saw NHS workforce reach record levels in 2018.


Thanks to the Scottish Governments 2019/20 budget, NHS Dumfries & Galloway is set to receive an extra £10m in spending power – a 3.5% increase on last year’s spending.


Emma Harper MSP, and deputy convener of the Parliament’s Health & Sport Committee, said:


“Staff are the lifeblood of our NHS here in the South West – and it is welcome positive news that Dumfries & Galloway has seen the biggest increase in staffing of all Scotland’s health boards, and there are now record numbers working in our hospitals and surgeries across Scotland.
“NHS Dumfries & Galloway will now benefit from having even more dedicated and highly skilled staff in our hospitals and surgeries – ensuring people in the South West receive the world-class care that they have come to expect from our NHS.
“As a cherished public service the we will continue to ensure our health service is properly funded and fit for the future.”