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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.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rise In Health Care Staff In NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, has welcomed new statistics published today showing an increase from 33,994 to 34,216.5 in hospital and community healthcare workers for NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde since last year.

George with his Renfrewshire Colleagues, Derek MacKay MSP, Gavin Newlands MP and Tom Arthur MSP

George with his Renfrewshire Colleagues,
Derek MacKay MSP, Gavin Newlands MP and Tom Arthur MSP

Under the SNP government, NHS Scotland staffing levels are at a new record high, increasing by 9.1% over the last 10 years.  Nursing and midwifery is also at historically high levels with 2,378 more dedicated staff.
George Adam said:

“Under this Government, NHS staff numbers have risen to record highs – with more consultants, nurses and midwives now delivering essential care for the people of Scotland.

“Healthcare is a key priority for the SNP and I am really encouraged that there is 222.20 more dedicated health care workers working in NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde compared to last year – bringing the total number to 34,216.5.

“In government, the SNP has ensured that NHS staff numbers have risen to record highs, with nearly 140,000 staff working in hospitals and community healthcare throughout NHS Scotland – an increase of 9.1% over the last 10 years.

“With an increase in student nursing and midwifery intakes over the last four years, we are also keeping an eye on the future.  The SNP is committed to both record investment in our health service and ensuring the necessary reforms to deliver the right staff, with the right skills, in the right place, long into the future.”

 

George outside the A&E Dept at the RAH

Bibby Slammed over RAH Scaremongering

West of Scotland MSP Neil Bibby has today been slammed by Paisley’s MSP George Adam and Cabinet Secretary for Health Shona Robison for his scaremongering over services at the RAH.  In the run up to the Scottish Parliament election on May 5th, Mr Bibby has used the RAH as a political football, misrepresenting a leaked discussion paper and sending misleading letters to Paisley Buddies.  During a heated parliamentary question session, Mrs Robison slammed Mr Bibby for his continued efforts to mislead the public.  She commented that the Scottish Government has received no requests from NHS GGC to change services at the RAH.

George outside the A&E Dept at the RAH

George outside the A&E Dept at the RAH

 

Commenting, Paisley’s MSP George Adam said, “I try to steer clear of talking about other politicians and focus on representing my constituents, but Mr Bibby has go too far with his scaremongering of the RAH.  You would think there was election coming up!  He knows as well as anyone that the Maternity Unit is not closing and that the Children’s Ward will continue to treat Paisley’s children.  I am meeting with the Chairman of NHS GGC John Brown tomorrow to further discuss the RAH, but we need to remember his statement from January 15th this year when he said, “None of the contents have been approved by the board or referred to the Scottish government for consideration.”

 

“I have found it curious right from the start of his campaign that he has not questioned the very people that leaked the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde discussion paper he refers to,  the 7 Labour councillors who are on the NHS GGC board.  Why is he not questioning Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark McMillian who is one of the labour councillors on the board?  I am also very concerned that a letter being delivered to Paisley buddies is being delivered in an envelope designed to look like it is an official NHS communication.  These are appalling tactics and should be stopped immediately.

 

“While he has been drumming up scare stories in the local press, I have been engaging with NHS GGC and the Cabinet Secretary to ensure services are maintained at the RAH.  Please be assured that as long as I am Paisley’s MSP, I will always stand up for services at our local hospital.”