Up until 31 December 2015, NHS Scotland had 138,310 full-time workers with the number increasing to 161,415 when including part-time members of staff.
Almost 800 full-time staff (working a 40-hour week) were hired in 2015, representing an overall increase of 8.9% in NHS Scotland workers.
The figures included 280 more midwives and 170 additional consultants, with the number of unfilled consultant posts declining, leaving 5.6% of job vacancies unfilled by the end of last year.
Health Secretary for the Scottish Government, Shona Robison, said that the positive figures reflected the Government’s commitment to provide proper health service funding.
“These latest figures show staffing in the NHS again reaching a record high, with more nurses and more consultants working in Scotland’s health services than ever before.
“Under this government, there are now over 11,000 more staff working in our NHS and this number continues to rise.
“Our significant investment has allowed us to support and grow the NHS workforce to ensure people in Scotland get the high quality care they deserve,” she said
Despite the figures showing growth, BMA Scotland expressed their concern that some consultant posts are still vacant.
Deputy Chair of the BMA’s Scottish Consultants Committee added: “The fact that official figures have shown the number of vacant consultant positions has decreased suggests that this is a step in the right direction, but we also know that there are consultant vacancies that do not get picked up in official statistics, so the picture is very likely worse than these figures suggest.”
The figures have been revealed shortly after it was found that thousands of doctor and nursing positions remain vacant across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
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