Supporting the NHS
The Scottish Government has released £12 million in additional funding to health boards across Scotland to support non-COVID emergency care.
This immediate action will help put measures in place to reduce waiting times for urgent or emergency treatment, with a focus on boosting staffing levels and available beds.
The Scottish Government has already provided health boards with £380 million to help with pandemic costs, including PPE and the ongoing vaccination programme.
With the remobilisation of the NHS a top priority, the Scottish Government will publish a national recovery plan for the health service within the first 100 days of this government.
It has said that the exceptional care that all NHS and social care staff have delivered throughout the pandemic, and their efforts on testing and vaccinations, are the bedrock on which we will build our recovery.
Commenting, Graeme said:
The Scottish Government is acutely aware of the significant challenges hospitals are facing with a rise in non-COVID attendances.
This £12 million will support health boards to protect urgent and emergency care capacity, and the government is working closely with those most affected to ensure it delivers.
The Health Secretary has been clear that urgent treatment – including vital cancer treatment – will continue, and any reductions to service will be short-term to ensure immediate attention for those in most critical need.
I would once again like to express my gratitude and deep appreciation for the tireless efforts of all NHS staff here in Angus responding to the pandemic while providing vital non-COVID treatment and safe patient care.
The public can do their part to help the NHS by considering options closer to home when they need medical attention. Advice is available online at NHS Inform, or they can contact their GP practice or visit their local pharmacy which can help and prescribe treatment.
They can also call NHS 24 on 111 if they can’t wait for their GP practice to open, or think they need emergency treatment which is not life-threatening.