Shock as it’s revealed NHS staff in Scotland have taken 5,000 years’ sick leave

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Shock as it’s revealed NHS staff in Scotland have taken 5,000 years’ sick leave 1

The annual total soared by nearly a fifth, from 11.6 million hours in 2016 to 13.7 million hours in 2018 amid rising concern over a string of missed key waiting times targets. This included a dramatic 71.6 percent rise at Scotland’s largest health board – NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Annual absences in the area increased from 2.4 million hours to 4.1 million hours in just two years. Twelve of the 14 boards cited “anxiety, stress, depression, other psychiatric illness” as the most common cause of absenteeism.

In September, it emerged that record numbers of consultant and nursing posts were lying empty.

But the British Medical Association (BMA) in Scotland warned the real shortfall was likely to be around double that recorded by official statisticians, equivalent to the number of doctors needed to staff a large hospital.

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The Royal College of Physicians has also said a shortage of doctors is jeopardising patient safety and rota gaps are pushing NHS staff to “breaking point”.

SNP ministers have repeatedly come under attack for shoddy workforce planning.

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