NHS Ayrshire and Arran Consultant Shortage Crisis

NHS Ayrshire and Arran are experiencing a huge shortage of high level staff with reports stating that 30 consultant posts are currently unfilled. Millions of pounds have been spent on hiring staff from agencies with an estimated ?7Million spent in the financial year recruiting doctors and consultants on a temporary basis. As a result of this, patient waiting times have increased as NHS Ayrshire and Arran struggles to cope with waiting lists. Treatment time targets set by the government seem a long way off, as Ayrshire and Arran struggles with having the right amount of high level staff on duty.