Their deployment will assist with the immediate pressures on the NHS due to the pandemic.
The military has been deployed to assist the NHS in Scotland amid one of the worst staffing crises in nursing history.
Their deployment comes to assist with the immediate pressures on the NHS because of COVID-19 and the backlog in care caused by the pandemic
Official statistics reveal a total of 4,845 registered nursing and midwifery vacancies access the NHS in Scotland.
A total of 63 military personnel will be deployed to NHS Lanarkshire – this includes three nurses, 45 military medics, 12 General Duties Troops and three drivers who will be working in acute settings.
In NHS Borders, 14 military medics, two nurses and four additional military personnel will provide assistance in acute settings. A military driver will provide transport.
Two military medics will also oversee operations from the army’s headquarters in Scotland.
Unions have consistently raised their concerns over nursing vacancies across the UK.
Explaining the deployment, Health Secretary Humza Yousaf said; The NHS is experiencing significant pressure at the moment because of COVID-19 admissions and the backlog in care built up during the pandemic and we are taking a range of steps to introduce additional capacity in order to help with the unprecedented pressures on the health and care system.”
“In the NHS Borders and NHS Lanarkshire areas, staff shortages because of COVID-19 are affecting bed capacity and temporary military assistance has been requested to support the boards at this time.”
“This military support will allow both boards to support existing staff to reduce waiting times, enhance care and provide a better experience for our patients.
“As always I would like to thank all those involved in our healthcare systems for their continuing hard work and dedication over this particularly busy time.”