MSP raises NHS Tayside Hospital Pharmacist Vacancies with Health Secretary
11 May 2010
Marlyn Glen is asking Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon what action the
Scottish Government is taking to help NHS Tayside fill the vacancies for
hospital pharmacists in the health board area.
Information sent to Ms. Glen by the Chief Nursing Officer Directorate for NHS
Scotland shows that there are currently 10 vacancies for hospital pharmacists in
Tayside, while the health board employs 72 pharmacists. (both of these are
Ms. Glen said,
"Pharmacy plays a key role in the healthcare associated infection (HAI) control
"The monitoring of patterns in antibiotic prescribing is of major importance for
the reduction of C difficile and other HAIs."
In another development, Ms Glen has welcomed news from the Directorate that NHS
Tayside has acquired new technology that can enable the use of a new rapid
technique to diagnosis C difficile.
Information sent to her from the Chief Nursing Officer Directorate of NHS
Scotland has confirmed that the microbiology department in Ninewells Hospital
has acquired a Cepheid PCR machine for various uses across the laboratory
including the positive C difficile confirmation.
Welcoming the news, Ms Glen said,
" Success against C difficile requires strong infection control regimes which
includes rapid diagnosis by new techniques such as this."
The number of hospital pharmacists in NHS Tayside and the number of
vacancies is :
Head count = 72; Whole Time Equivalent (WTE) = 59.9
Vacancies Head count 10 = WTE = 8.7