Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has raised concerns over future health services in NHS Dumfries and Galloway after new figures showed no extra staff are projected to be working in the health board by March 2019.
The NHS board projected staff shows that NHS Dumfries and Galloway believe there will be no added staff to the levels that were present in March 2018.
With one in five consultant posts still lying vacant across the health board, Mr Carson is concerned that rural health services could be at risk unless urgent action is taken by the SNP Government to recruit staff to help ease the burden on current hardworking staff.
Commenting Finlay Carson MSP said: “The problems surrounding NHS recruitment in Dumfries and Galloway have been known for a long time and the need for action has never been greater.
“Now we see the health board themselves are projecting that no extra staff will be working in the health board by March 2019.
“With a fifth of consulting posts still vacant, there is a real risk to the services and standard of care local patients will receive.
“For far too long, rural health services have suffered from a lack of resources and focused investment, as well as services being centralised elsewhere.
“If these new figures do not push the SNP Government into action, then nothing will and I will continue to pressure the new Health Secretary into resolving the staffing crisis in NHS Dumfries and Galloway.”