Commenting on the funding increase, George said, “This funding increase yet again highlights this SNP government’s commitment to the health service. My fellow Buddies deserve a quality national health service and this funding boast will again help to support our doctors and nurses. And thankfully, we have more doctors and nurses than ever before as figures released today show that more staff than ever before are working in Scotland’s NHS.
‘As of 31 December 2015, 138,310 whole-time equivalent (WTE) staff were employed by NHS Scotland – a record high and an increase under the current government of over 11,248 WTE or 8.9 per cent. Under this government, there are now over 11,000 more staff working in our NHS and this number continues to rise. This reflects the record levels of investment in our health and care services – with next year’s NHS and social care budget recently confirmed to be over £13 billion for the first time ever.
‘We now need a commitment from the NHSGGC board, which has 7 Labour councillors on it, including Renfrewshire’s Council Leader, to stand up and be counted. They need to stop developing plans to close Ward 15 at the RAH and putting out scare stories about the RAH Maternity Unit closing when this simply isn’t true.
‘Scotland’s NHS is something to be proud of. Waiting times are improving, staff levels are up, funding is up and the commitment is there from the government to continue to improve this treasured service. Let’s work together to move forward and stop using the NHS as a political football.”