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Paisley Smiling As NHS Dentist Registrations Increase Again

Over 5 Million Now Registered Across Scotland – Nearly Double 2007 Levels

 

Paisleys MSP, George Adam has welcomed the latest figures that have shown NHS dentist registrations on the rise once again – with 1,115,693 people now registered across NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and over 5 million registered across the country.

 

The national figure has nearly doubled since the SNP came to power in 2007 – after the previous Labour/Lib Dem administration oversaw a decline in registrations from just over 2.7 million in 2000 to just over 2.5 million in 2007, including over 40,000 fewer children registered.

 

The percentage of adults registered with a dentist in Greater Glasgow and Clyde has gone up from 94.8 % to 95.8 % during the last year, while the number of children registered has also risen, from 95.0 % to 96.1 %.

 

Commenting, Paisleys MSP, George Adam said:

 

“The latest dental registration statistics show the continued progress the SNP Scottish Government is making in improving oral health in Greater Glasgow and Clyde and across Scotland.

 

“Since the SNP came to power in 2007, the number of people registered with a dentist has nearly doubled across Scotland, sitting at over 5 million, following years of decline under Labour and the Lib Dems.

 

“And with nearly 1 million children now registered with an NHS dentist, it is clear that we are building the right attitudes to improve oral health for the next generation as well.

 

“People across Greater Glasgow and Clyde are benefitting from this improvement, with 1,115,693 people now registered with a dentist, including 209,611 children.

 

“The new oral health improvement plan will show how we intend to keep this good work going, and ensure that people are not only registering with a dentist, but also getting regular check-ups.

 

“Our oral health is vital for our wider health and wellbeing – and it is great to see people taking steps to ensure that they are able to access an NHS dentist in communities across Greater Glasgow and Clyde and throughout Scotland.”

Tory Tax Plans Could Mean £111.9 Million Cut To NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde.

 

Tory tax proposals could mean cuts of up to £111.9 in NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, according to new Scottish Government analysis.

 

With the Scottish Parliament set to vote on Stage 1 of the budget this month, the Tories are proposing tax cuts for high earners that would leave a £500 million hole in the budget.

 

With health receiving the largest share of devolved spending, a £500 million fall in available spending would see the NHS in the firing line – and NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde could lose up to 2680 nurses.


Commenting, Paisleys MSP, George Adam said:

 

“Under the SNP, the NHS has record staffing and record funding – and the draft budget would see that funding increased.

 

“But this investment is only possible because of the decisions taken by the Scottish Government, with progressive policies seeing higher earnings paying slightly more to support public services.

 

“The Tory tax plans would blow a £500 million hole in our budget – and that’s on top of a decade of UK government austerity.

 

“That would risk valuable public services in Greater Glasgow & Clyde, including the NHS – and would be equivalent to cutting 2680 nurses in the region – and the Tories should explain why they’d prefer to give a handout to millionaires than to fund our hospitals.”

 

 

 

 

5621 Baby Boxes Delivered In Greater Glasgow and Clyde In First Six Months of Scheme

 

 

Latest figures from the Scottish Government have revealed that the transformative Baby Box policy has already benefitted 5621 newborns across Greater Glasgow and Clyde since they were introduced last year – and over 22,000 across Scotland.

 

The Baby Box is a key part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to making Scotland the very best place in the world to grow up – and contains important items for parents and babies alike, such as baby clothes, a digital ear thermometer, a bath towel, a changing mat and books.

 

The box itself also doubles as a bed for a newborn, containing a mattress, mattress protector and fitted sheet – providing a safe and warm place for babies to sleep.

 

Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, said:

 

“It is excellent to see so many families across Paisley and Greater Glasgow and Clyde benefitting from the Baby Box.

 

“The Boxes are a really positive Scottish Government initiative providing parents with many of the essentials they need to care for their child.

 

“From thermometers to towels, changing mats to clothes – the boxes are a fantastic way of giving children in Paisley the very best start in life.

 

“That 5621 boxes have already been provided to parents across Greater Glasgow & Clyde, part of a total of over 22,000 across Scotland, shows how popular they are proving with parents in every corner of the country – and given how beneficial they are to parents and newborns, long may that continue.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

George Welcomes £103m Cash Boost

Paisley's MSP George AdamPaisley’s MSP George Adam has today welcomed the 5.2 per cent increase to the budget of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board. This takes NHSGGC’s budget to £2.08 billion.

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.”