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New Investment In NHS Diagnostics And Care In Renfrewshire

George Adam MSP (Left) & Derek MacKay MSP (Right)

£50M To Support Treatment Across Scotland

The NHS in Renfrewshire is set to benefit from a share of a £50 million Scotland-wide investment to help deliver swift treatment and diagnostics.

The extra funding is part of a package of measures to help reduce waiting times – and which will also see two independent diagnostic leads appointed to improve co-ordination across the country on specialist tests.

Scotland already invests more per head of population than anywhere else in the UK. Tory-led England and Labour-led Wales continue to lag behind Scotland, including on A&E waiting times where Scotland has had the lowest waiting times for over 3 years.

Commenting, Paisley’s MSP, George Adam said:

“The staff of Scotland’s NHS do a fantastic job day in day out. This funding boost will support a package of measures to help further improve performance in Renfrewshire, including new independent experts being appointed to speed up diagnostic tests.

“The Scottish Government has already committed to invest an extra £2 billion above inflation by the end of this parliament – the highest funding offer of any party at the last election – and we already invest more in our NHS per head of population than anywhere else in the UK, supporting frontline health services across Renfrewshire.

“That’s one of the reasons why Scotland’s A&E’s continue to have the best performance of anywhere in the UK for the last 3 years.”

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.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paisley’s MSP, George Adam Encourages Parents In Paisley To Make Use Of Free Flu Vaccine

Paisley’s MSP, George Adam is encouraging all parents and guardians of 2-5 year olds in Paisley to take advantage of the free flu vaccine before Christmas.

 

In a bid to keep children virus-free this winter, GP practices across Scotland are providing the nasal flu vaccine free of charge.

 

Commenting, George said:

 

“With only two weeks left until Christmas I am urging all parents or guardians in Paisley who haven’t yet done so, to take their children between the ages of two and five to their local GP for the free flu vaccine.

 

“The nasal spray only takes a few minutes, is painless, and does not contain a live virus so will not cause flu in your child and can protect against flu for up to a year.

 

“It’s very important that children receive the vaccine, which the best defence against flu for your children and also helps reduce the spread of infectious flu.”

George Adam MSP Urges Expectant Mothers In Paisley To Sign Up For Baby Box

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Paisley’s MSP, George Adam is encouraging all expectant mothers in Paisley, whose babies are due on or after 15 August 2017, to register for a baby box at their next midwife appointment.

 

These boxes, containing various essential items for a child’s first weeks and months, signal the SNP Government’s commitment to ensuring that every child in Scotland, regardless of their circumstances, should get the best start in life.

 

This comes on top of the SNP Government using new powers to create new Maternity and Early Years’ Allowances, the Best Start Grant, which provides expectant mothers on low incomes with £600 for their first child, £300 for second and subsequent children and a further £250 grant when their child starts nursery, and £250 again when they start school.

 

 

George and Nicola outside Paisley Abbey

George and Nicola outside Paisley Abbey

George said:

 

 “The Scottish Government is proudly gifting a Baby Box to every child in Scotland to help tackle deprivation, improve health and support parents – just one part of our determination to ensure that every child has an equal start in life.

 

“For mothers in Paisley looking forward to welcoming a new born into the world on or after 15th August this summer, all they need to do to be gifted a Baby Box is apply through their midwife in advance, supplying their preferred delivery address.

 

“The Baby Boxes are full of useful items such as books, clothes, blankets, a bath towel, a changing mat, a bib and a thermometer, while also providing a safe space for babies to sleep near their parents, to promote bonding and early attachment, and send a signal that every child, regardless their background, matters.

 

“And with the new powers coming to Scotland, the SNP Government will also provide targeted support of a significantly higher level than elsewhere in the UK, to help low income families via our new Maternity and Early Years’ Allowances- replacing the UK Sure Start grant with our Best Start Grant.

 

“The new Best Start Grant will be introduced in 2019.”

 

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

Consultation Opens On Opt-Out Organ Donor Scheme

Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, is urging constituents in Paisley to give their views on organ and tissue donation in the Government’s new consultation to help inform policy.

The 14-week consultation looks at various ways to increase the number of people being referred to the donation services in Scotland and the number of times when donation is ‘authorised’ to proceed. 

The consultation asks whether the current system for authorising organ and tissue donation should be turned on its head.  Currently in Scotland, organ and/or tissue donation after a person’s death only occurs if they have given advance authorisation or if their nearest relative authorises on their behalf.  

 

George outside the A&E Dept at the RAH

George outside the A&E Dept at the RAH

A soft opt out, or deemed authorisation, system is being explored whereby donation can proceed if the person has not opted out or told their family they do not wish to donate. 

 

The study will also look at whether clinicians in Scotland should be given guidance on referring potential donors, so that the possibility of donation can be explored at an earlier opportunity.

 

Commenting, George said:

 

“With the amazing help of donors and their families, NHS Scotland has achieved huge amounts in recent years. Since April this year, there has been 85 organ donations made after death compared to 60 over the same period last year.
“However, there is more we can do for those who are still waiting for a transplant and it’s essential that we make sure we’re doing all we can.

“The Scottish Government are asking the public whether a ‘soft opt out’ system is preferable to the current system where a person must explicitly opt in to donating. The government are monitoring progress in Wales carefully to learn lessons from their experience of introducing a new opt out system.

“I would encourage as many people as possible in Paisley to get involved in this consultation to help inform and shape the policy on organ and tissue donation. It saves lives and is one of the greatest gifts a person can give.”

 

Scotland’s Lead Clinician for Organ Donation, Dr Iain Macleod, said:

 

“I welcome this consultation as an opportunity to discuss ways of increasing organ and tissue donation and hear views from a wide range of people. 

“As a doctor working in the Intensive Care Unit at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary I know how sensitive and challenging organ donation can be, both for families going through the devastating process of losing a loved one and for NHS staff.  However, I also know how important donation is in saving and transforming the lives of hundreds of transplant recipients in Scotland every year and also how much comfort it can give to donors’ families over time to know that their loved one has helped save the lives of others.”

 

George outside the A&E Dept at the RAH

MSP Encourages Constituents To Take Bowel Screening Tests This Month

Paisley’s MSP has called on his constituents to take the potentially life-saving bowel screening test this month – part of a nationwide drive to encourage people to return their test as soon as they receive it.

 

The Scottish Government drive comes as latest figures have shown that, on average, 43,500 bowel screening tests have been returned in August, but some people are still delaying doing their test as this is 8,500 fewer than the average for October.

George outside the A&E Dept at the RAH

George outside the A&E Dept at the RAH

 

All adults aged 50-74 are invited to take part in bowel screening every two years in Scotland. The test remains the best way of finding bowel cancer early, when survival is 14 times more likely. The number of participants between November 2013 and October 2015 was over one million.

 

Commenting, George said:

 

“The bowel screening test is the best way to catch bowel cancer early. I urge all constituents who have been sent a test to do it as soon as they receive it – with it being 14 times more likely to survive bowel cancer when it is caught early.

 

“Over a million people completed the test between November 2013 and October 2015, which is an uptake of 57.5%. Whilst this is positive, the Scottish Government will always work to try and secure greater and earlier uptake, to ensure we find even more cancers as early as possible.

 

“Returning the test early really could be a lifesaver.”

Paisley’s MSP Welcomes Fall in Number of Teenage Pregnacies

Drop in Renfrewshire Part of Nationwide PictureGeorge in Paisley Town Centre

 

Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, has welcomed the fall in the number of teenage pregnancies across Renfrewshire, following the release of latest figures by the Information Services Division.

 

The number of people under 16 who became pregnant in Renfrewshire between 2012 and 2014 has dropped from 39 to 34.

 

Commenting on the figures, George said: “These latest figures show a welcome drop in the number of teens becoming pregnant across Renfrewshire – and reflect the dedicated work of education, health and community services.

 

“The Scottish Government published its ‘pregnancy and parenthood in young people’ strategy in March, aimed at addressing the fundamental causes of pregnancy in young people by considering wider factors that are central in supporting young people – such as education, attainment, training and employment.

 

“This work will continue – with a focus on ensuring services are putting young people at the centre of decision making and helping them to reach their potential as individuals, and where appropriate, as parents.”

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.”