HEALTH MATTERS

Health Board spends £100,000 on locum GP for the Vale

By Bill Heaney

Information revealed by Dumbarton and Lomond MSP, Jackie Baillie, has shown NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde have spent over £100,000 on a locum doctor at the Vale of Leven Hospital in 2017-18 and so far in 2018-19.

The Freedom of Information response also highlights that more than £1 million has been spent on bank nurses since 2015.

FoIs are used to prise out of government and local authorities information they would rather the public didn’t know about and have to be used frequently in what is supposed to be open and transparent government in Scotland.

Vale in the darkThe health board state that one locum doctor has been employed at the Vale of Leven Hospital, pictured right, since December 2017. The total cost of that doctor for just three months was £46,905 and for only six months of 2018-19 £71,683 has been spent. The total spend on one locum doctor has been £118,588 in nine months.

In addition £1,638,686 has been spent on bank nurses in the last four years.

Jackie Baillie said: ““The health board’s spend on locum doctors and bank nurses for the Vale of Leven hospital has cost the taxpayer millions of pounds over the last few years.

“We know that NHS staff are the backbone of our health service, but it is clear that there is a desperate need for staff vacancies to be filled.

“Health care staff have told us that they are travelling to health boards much further away from home because the terms and conditions are so much better. This must be urgently addressed to ensure that staff want to work in Greater Glasgow and Clyde.”

 

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