George Praises A&E Staff

Paisley’s MSP George Adam has congratulated all A&E staff at the RAH for a dramatic improvement in waiting times at the Paisley hospital. Over the winter months, the RAH experienced difficulties, but due to continued efforts of hard-working staff, figures published today show the RAH A&E has made vast strides toward the national target.

George outside the A&E Dept at the RAH

George outside the A&E Dept at the RAH

Nationally, A&E figures show that the Scottish Government’s interim target of treating 95 per cent of patients within four hours has been exceeded – and is pledging to continue to work hard to further improve Scotland’s health service. The figures released today for the week ended July 12th show that 95.4 per cent of A&E patients were treated within four hours – the best performance levels since weekly reporting of figures began in February.

Commenting on the figures, George said, “These figures are very welcome, highlight the commitment and hard work of staff across A&E units in Scotland. At the RAH in Paisley, which seen some very difficult times during the cold winter months, 91.9 per cent of patients were seen within 4 hours for the week ended 12th July. While this in not yet the target 95 per cent, I think we must recognise the dramatic improvement in such a short time and praise all staff.

‘Often, the NHS can be used as a political football, not taking into account the massive pressures our NHS can be put under, especially during winter months when more people are suffering from seasonal conditions, particularly our elderly. However, no matter the challenge, staff at our town’s hospital have risen to the challenge and should take great pride in their continued improvement.

“While these figures are welcome, there is always more which can be done – and staff and patients can rest assured that the SNP will be working harder than ever to further protect and improve our NHS and deliver the first-class health service people across Scotland deserve.

“The SNP’s commitment to our health service is second to none – investing an additional £383m in front line health spending in 2015/16, meaning Scottish health spending will now be above £12bn for the first time ever – and these figures show that this investment is delivering real results.”