Christina and Dental Apprentices


SNP MSP praises hardworking staff as festive period approaches

There is plenty to be merry about as the latest NHS statistics show a rise in staffing numbers throughout NHS Lanarkshire.

The statistics show that South Lanarkshire is benefitting from an increase in the numbers of NHS staff working for NHS Lanarkshire health board – part of a Scotland-wide increase that has seen the NHS workforce reach record levels in 2017.

NHS Lanarkshire had its full-time equivalent staff levels increase from 10,523 to 10,619 while Scotland as a whole now has nearly 140,000 people working in our National Health Service.

SNP MSP for Hamilton Larkhall and Stonehouse, Christina McKelvie, has praised the staff working in our NHS who are helping to deliver the best-performing NHS in the UK ahead of the busy festive period after latest stats showed increased staffing levels that will help give patients the best possible care.

Commenting, SNP MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Christina McKelvie, said:

“Staff are the lifeblood of our NHS – and it is always welcome news when there are more of them working in our hospitals and surgeries.

“This increase in staff – from 10,523 to 10,619 – will help make sure people across my constituency receive the top class care that they have come to expect from our NHS – particularly during the busy festive period when resources are often stretched.

“Thanks to this staffing increase, patients will benefit from having even more dedicated and highly skilled staff in our hospitals and surgeries.

“As always, the staff of our NHS deserve the highest of praise, not least of all for giving us the most professional, dedicated and highest quality of care, throughout the holiday period and beyond".