More cash for the NHS

In­vest­ment to cut wait­ing times

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE - Niki Ten­nant

NHS La­nark­shire 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 co­or­di­na­tion across the coun­try on spe­cial­ist tests.

NHS La­nark­shire will re­ceive £ 3,807,000 of the ini­tial £ 25m ad­di­tional in­vest­ment, with a fur­ther £25m be­ing al­lo­cated later in the year.

Scot­land al­ready in­vests more per head of pop­u­la­tion than any­where else in the UK, and the NHS Scot­land out­per­forms the NHS in Eng­land and Wales, in­clud­ing on A& E wait­ing times where Scot­land has had the low­est wait­ing times for over three years.

MSP for Mother­well and Wishaw Clare Adam­son, pic­tured be­low, 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 La­nark­shire, 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 La­nark­shire.

“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 three years.”

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