NHS waiting lists are soaring because senior doctors are refusing to take on extra work in order to protect their pensions, health leaders have warned.
Public health minister Joe Fitzpatrick has admitted dental patients are suffering “completely unacceptable” waits for hospital treatment.
Doctors yesterday warned the NHS is “stretched to its very limit” after a dramatic rise in nursing vacancies in NHS Grampian and NHS Highland.
Scottish Natural Heritage under fire for splashing out £1 million on specialist consultants in one year
Inverness-based environmental agency Scottish Natural Heritage has been blasted for splashing out more than £1million on specialist consultants in a single year – despite having a staff of more than 700.
Specialist consultants could be hired to overhaul Moray Council's senior management structure.
Councils across the north and north-east have spent more than £60million drafting in consultants, the Press and Journal can reveal.
Highland Council has splashed out £37million on consultancy and specialist fees in the last six years – sparking a furious reaction from north politicians.
NHS Highland has approved funding for four desperately needed permanent consultant posts at Belford Hospital in Fort William.
Unfilled consultancy posts are nearly twice as high as official figures indicate, according to Scottish doctors.
Scotland's Public Health Minister today said the government was working with the royal colleges in an attempt to overcome difficulties in recruiting consultants and other medical staff in rural areas.