Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has given a cautious welcome to a care services report which shows a slight reduction in the number of vacancies in Dumfries and Galloway.
Mr Carson says the reductions are welcome, but there remains a huge amount of work to do to ensure rural communities are serviced by the highest amount of staff possible.
Commenting, Finlay Carson MSP said: “It is welcome that there has been some marginal improvements in terms of vacancies and staffing levels within the care system in Dumfries and Galloway.
“However, delivering care services across our rural communities remains a huge challenge and we must continue to explore every option to attract people to come and work in the care profession in this region.
“The SNP Government have been in charge of our health and care services for almost 13 years, yet we still see a vacancy rate of over one in three which shows the failures of workforce planning at Government level.
“I will be continuing to fight to ensure our rural health services are given an equal share of funding to deliver for those who need it across my constituency.
“Vacancy rates remain stubbornly high which puts an increased burden on those on the frontline in our care services.
“We are still facing a time bomb with regards to the aging demographics, particularly in Dumfries and Galloway.”