Nurse numbers drop in Fife despite 100 new jobs

Professor Scott McLean, executive director of nursing NHS Fife
Professor Scott McLean, executive director of nursing NHS Fife
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NHS Fife has revealed acute services operate with LESS nurses than last year - despite a major recruitment drive to fill 100 new posts.

In October, the health authority announced it would be recruiting 100 new nurses above current funded staffing levels to “significantly enhance” the workforce.

Professor Scott McLean of NHS Fife

Professor Scott McLean of NHS Fife

Two-thirds of the intake was targeted for acute services at Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy and also Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline.

However, yesterday (Wednesday)NHS Fife revealed acute services currently operate with 1252 nurses, compared to 1259 nurses last year - despite filling all 100 new posts.

Executive Director of Nursing, Professor Scott McLean (pictured), said: “It is important to note we currently have a number of individuals going through the recruitment process to fill vacancies so we expect the number of nurses employed within the acute service division to increase in the next few months.

“The number of nursing staff does not stay static as there is a natural staff turnover with staff retiring or simply moving on and we continually review our staffing levels to ensure we have the right staff with the right skill mix across our wards and departments. Also, the 100 additional nurses that were recruited were placed over seven hospital sites. Therefore, they are not all working within acute services.”