Past failures on NHS recruitment must not be repeated

Dumfriesshire MSP Oliver Mundell has welcomed the news that NHS Dumfries and Galloway will be participating in a scheme to recruit consultant radiologists.

Mr Mundell received the news from Health Secretary Shona Robison MSP after he asked what the Scottish Government was doing to address staffing shortages in the local NHS.

That was after the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon admitted she took responsibility for the fact that one in five consultant posts remain unfilled in Dumfries and Galloway.

However, Mr Mundell pointed out that previous recruitment drives in the region have failed to address many of the staffing issues in rural issues and called on the Health Secretary to ensure that this is not the case this time around.

Commenting Oliver Mundell MSP said: "With the staffing crisis we have faced across the NHS in Dumfries and Galloway, any campaigns to recruit further consultants is to be welcomed.

"With the First Minister taking responsibility for the unfilled positions recently, it is progress to see the SNP Government finally taking some action to address this, particularly as we seek to ensure our new hospital is properly supported.

"However, we have seen in the past that rural recruitment drives have failed to solve staffing issues and the right measures must be put in place to ensure that does not happen this time around, with this latest campaign.

"Our NHS in Dumfries and Galloway faces many challenges in the coming years, including recruiting enough consultants that will meet demand and I will be continuing to keep up the pressure on the SNP Government to ensure that NHS Dumfries and Galloway fully benefits from this recruitment campaign."