Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

Efforts must be re-doubled to recruit NHS staff

Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson says efforts must be re-doubled in order to ensure NHS Dumfries and Galloway have the staff required to deliver frontline services.

The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP’s call comes after the health board’s Chief Executive, Jeff Ace said that recruitment remains the single biggest issue facing NHS Dumfries and Galloway.

Mr Ace said that challenges remained in recruiting GP’s, consultants as well as other health professionals including nursing staff.

Mr Carson says that support must be given not only to healthcare professionals, but their families as well in order to attract them to live and work in the area and rural health services given the resources that will allow funding to be put towards frontline staff.

Commenting Finlay Carson MSP said: “Our hardworking NHS staff on the frontline in Dumfries and Galloway are our biggest asset and I have nothing but admiration for the work they do on a daily basis.

“There has been great challenges for the health board in recruiting enough healthcare staff for a number of years and it is set to continue.

“That is why efforts must re-double in order to attract healthcare professionals to live and work in this region, including ensuring that support will be in place for their dependents as well.

“Patients need to be reassured that health services will be delivered locally and on target, and having sufficient staff is the best way to give that reassurance.

“I will be continuing to liaise closely with Jeff Ace and his team at NHS Dumfries and Galloway to look at ways of recruiting much-needed staff to our health service across rural communities.”