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NHS boards across Scotland paid out more than PS26million in overtime to nurses and midwives last year.

The figure for 2016-17, released under freedom of information, totalled PS26,538,293 and is down from the previous year's PS27,109,290 - but significantly up from PS21,726,537 in 2014-15.

Overtime costs varied across the country, ranging from almost PS8.8million in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to less than PS2000 in NHS Western Isles.

The latest figures were published by the Scottish Conservatives. Their health spokesman Miles Briggs hit out at the Scottish Government over the massive bill. Briggs said: "The sheer scale of the cost here exposes just how badly the SNP have planned the NHS workforce over recent years."

The figures were released as Scottish Labour bosses launched a consultation on how to tackle the NHS "workforce crisis".

It will examine issues including career progression and pay for NHS and social care staff, and consider how to clamp down on the costs of using agency staff.

Health spokesman Anas Sarwar said: "We are clear that solving the workforce crisis will go a long way to addressing many of the current issues in our NHS and in social care but also in preparing the health and social care sector for challenges such as the stubborn gap in health inequality, and an increasingly older population."

A spokesman for Health Secretary Shona Robison said: "This is staggering hypocrisy from Labour and the Tories.

"The SNP have delivered all-time record high NHS spending and staffing, while Labour in office threatened to cut services the SNP then saved - and the Tories are doing huge damage to the NHS in England."


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Date:Feb 24, 2018
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