Extra NHS funding

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.”

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.”

Improved A&E performance this winter.

GeorgeThe number of people experiencing long waits for A&E treatment has dramatically reduced since last winter, according to new statistics.

Figures released today show that the number of people attending A&E who were seen and treated within four hours was 93.5 per cent for December 2013, which has increased from 90.3 per cent in December 2012.

Paisley’s MSP George Adam said:

‘This is good news with improved waiting times over the busy period during winter.  We all know that our NHS is put under added strain with winter illnesses and slips and knocks during the cold period.  We must never be complacent though, we must always strive to improve how patients are dealt with in our health service.  Statistics are a way of understanding how an organisation is working and it must be remembered that these statistics relate to people and their individual experience.  When we or our loved ones are experiencing for themselves the care of the NHS then statistics seldom come in to it.

‘£50 million of additional funding has been provided to NHS boards in the form of the emergency care plan in order to target additional requirements needed during winter.  No doubt this has helped to reduce waiting times at accident and emergency departments this year.

‘We know how hard our NHS staff work and under additional stress during winter we should appreciate all their efforts.’