Dundee West MSP Joe FitzPatrick today welcomed publication of the ISD’s NHS workforce statistic which shows Tayside (and Scotland) has more doctors, nurses, dentists and other health professionals since the SNP came to office in 2007.
The new figures show that the number of NHS staff in Tayside has increased from 13,646 to 14,166.
Commenting, Joe FitzPatrick said: “In these tight financial times with swingeing cuts being imposed on Scotland by the Westminster Tory government, I am very pleased that the Scottish Government has managed to ensure we still have more doctors, nurses, dentists and other health professionals working than when the SNP came to office.
“The SNP has made frontline healthcare a priority and ensuring we have more staff than before we came to office is something to be proud of.
“Nationally, all medical sectors have seen increases in numbers, a fact which this SNP Government is particularly proud of.
“The real threat to keeping these numbers is from the combined plans of the London parties to take us down a Tory tax trap which will result in even more spending cuts. A Tory tax trap that labour is quite happy to lead the Scottish people into.
“It is the SNP which has the vision for Scotland’s future and offer the only alternative to the decade of cuts planned by the UK parties.”