Graph shows SNP failing to achieve Jenni Marra's target for NHS staffing of 20% more than any amount achieved
From NHS Improvement on the BT website today:
‘The number of NHS staff vacancies has increased and is expected to rise further by the end of year, new figures show. There were 107 743 vacancies in England at the end of June, up from 98,475 in March and bucking a downward trend seen in 2017/18, according to a quarterly report. Independent think tank The King’s Fund warned growing nurse shortages “risk becoming a national emergency” and are “symptomatic of a long-term failure in workforce planning”.’
Meanwhile in NHS Scotland, as of end 2017, there were 3369 vacancies.
England has ten times the population of Scotland so, all things being equal would have ten times as many NHS vacancies, 33 690. However, it has 107 743, more than three times as many.
Is the SNP anti-English? What more evidence do we need? What does Rhoda Grant think?