SNP MSP for the South of Scotland Aileen McLeod has welcomed new statistics showing the strong performance of Accident and Emergency units in Dumfries and Galloway.
The figures show that 95.4 per cent of patients in A&E were treated within four hours in Dumfries and Galloway – the Scottish Government’s interim target of 95 per cent.
This came on top of the announcement that staffing levels in NHS Dumfries & Galloway have increased by 6% from September 2006 to December 2014.
“These positive figures for Dumfries and Galloway, showing a strong performance in our A&E units, are a tribute to the hard-working NHS staff who do such important work in our hospitals. The very fact the region has seen such a high increase in NHS staff is testament to their efforts as much as to the SNP’s desire to deliver a world-class health service.
“The SNP’s commitment to our health service is second to none – investing an additional £383m in frontline 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 in Dumfries and Galloway.
“But there is always more which can be done – and people in Dumfries and Galloway can be assured that there will be absolutely no complacency from the SNP and that we will continue to do everything we can to further protect and improve our NHS and deliver the best results for staff and patients alike.”
Notes to Editors:
Full access to the statistical publication can be accessed on the ISD Scotland website:
If the NHSPRB recommends the increase proposed by Scottish Ministers from April 2015, Agenda for Change staff in Scotland, such as nurses will be better off than their counterparts in England. More information on this is available through a parliamentary question on pay for nursing staff in Scotland: