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NHS nurse workforce in Scotland on the increase

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The NHS in Scotland managed to increase its total workforce, including nurses and midwives, by just over 2% last year compared to 2006.

The workforce increased by 3,412 in 2007 to 165,551. The number of whole time equivalent nurses and midwives increased by 1.2% to 57,749 and the vacancy rate fell from 3.5% to 2.5%.

Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s secretary for health and wellbeing, said: ‘I am extremely proud of all our staff, who work together to give Scots one of the best health services in the world.

‘I am determined that this progress is maintained so that Scots get a value-for-money NHS that offers the first-class healthcare they deserve,’ she said.

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