Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire MSP Rachael Hamilton will ask First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today what the Scottish Government is doing to train and recruit nurses in the region.
That follows a freedom-of-information request to the NHS by the Scottish Conservatives which revealed that NHS Borders spent almost £180,000 in overtime for nurses and midwives last year.
The Conservative MSP said: “SNP management is costing NHS Scotland millions and the Scottish Borders almost £180,000 in overtime alone.
“The SNP Government needs to help attract more nurses to rural areas like the Borders, and I will ask the First Minister directly what the government’s plans are to do that.”
However, NHS Borders says it has already run a successful recruitment campaign since the period the figures pertain to and that should ease its overtime bill in the future.
A spokesperson for the board said: “Patient safety is at the centre of all we do.
“At times of challenge, vacancies or short-notice sickness, we consider offering staff overtime.
“Since 2016-2017, the point in time that this data refers to, we have had a successful recruitment campaign and, as a consequence, have lower vacancy rates at present.
“We expect this improvement to be reflected in the 2017-2018 figures.”