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George Praises A&E Staff

The Royal Alexandra Hospital Accident and Emergency Department has received praise from Paisley’s MSP George Adam following today’s release of its performance for the week ending 18th October. Not only did the department meet its 95% of patients being seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours, but overall nationally the performance was 95.2%.

George outside the A&E Dept at the RAH

George outside the A&E Dept at the RAH

Commenting on the A&E Department’s performance, George said, “After some variability in performance for numerous reasons, the RAH is meeting the national performance target and all the staff must receive massive praise. Operating in difficult circumstances, our nurses and doctors on the front line work tirelessly to ensure people who need medical treatment receive it when it is needed.

‘I have been very heartened over recent months when reading the Paisley Daily Express’s letters page that so many letters have been praising care received at the RAH. To read reports from certain corners of the media and certain politicians, you could easily get the wrong impression and not fully appreciate the great work carried out by our hospital’s medical team.

‘Nationally, today’s figures also show that 14 departments recorded performance at 98 per cent or above – the highest number of sites in any one week since weekly reporting began. As we have seen before weekly A&E performance can fluctuate with figures varying week to week, especially as we head into winter, but I remain confident that staff at the RAH are working extremely hard to ensure the level of performance is maintained and improved upon. This will be further supported through the additional investment of £10.7 million that will help ease pressure on Scotland’s NHS across the winter months.

“In addition the Scottish Government has put record funding and staffing in place throughout the year, and has shown its commitment to tackling delayed discharge through our £100 million investment, as well as through the on-going integration of health and social care.”

George outside the A&E Dept at the RAH

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.”

George outside the A&E Dept at the RAH

George Welcomes Further Investment in A&E Services

Paisley’s MSP has welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement of further funding to improve local A&E services.

Health Secretary Shona Robison has announced that £9m in investment will be allocated to health boards across the country from the Scottish Government’s Unscheduled Care Fund – including funding of £1,672,341 for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board.

George outside the A&E Dept at the RAH

George outside the A&E Dept at the RAH

Welcoming the funding, George said:

“The SNP’s record on our health service is second to none and is delivering real results for Paisley – with both NHS funding and staff numbers at a record high. And today’s investment is a further example of the Scottish Government’s commitment to ensuring that the NHS continues to deliver the first class service that local people deserve. We are always quick to learn of any issues with the health service, but as Paisley’s MSP, I can assure you I hear of far more positive stories as well as high praise of the staff at our local hospital.

“While A&E services have faced challenges in recent months, we are now seeing real improvements – and today’s major investment for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is further welcome confirmation that improving local A&E performance is a top priority for the SNP.

“The SNP will never be complacent with our health service because we know there are always challenges and there is always more which can be done to support patients and staff– but today’s investment shows that the Scottish Government’s commitment to our NHS is continuing to deliver for local people.”