The number of people working in the NHS in Scotland has reached record levels,
according to newly released figures.
There are more nurses, doctors and midwives than ever before
By 30 September last year, there were 147,540 people employed by the NHS north of the border - an increase of 5,059 on the year before.
There are now more nurses and midwives, doctors, dentists and consultants than there were 12 months ago.
Health Minister Malcolm Chisholm said the workers were the cornerstone of the NHS in Scotland.
He added: "The increase in qualified staff strengthens further the quality of the care offered across Scotland.
Dentist numbers up
"We are investing more in recruitment, retention and training, particularly
in qualified staff and the opportunities offered to them.
"Workforce planning and recruitment initiatives are ongoing and these
continue to address the needs in specific specialities and locations."
According to the figures published on Wednesday, nursing and midwifery numbers rose by 923 to 54,120, while doctor numbers went up by 269 to 13,432.
The number of consultants rose by 102 to 2,499, while dentist numbers also
went up by 23 to 1,987.
Elsewhere, the figures also revealed that the number of doctors in training
meeting working time directives for juniors had gone up from 57.5% to 81.7%
between September 2002 and 2003.