Attention of Health Correspondents

At the recent AGM of the Scottish Health Campaigns Network delegates were presented with statistics by Dr Matthew Dunnigan which demonstrated that in eleven categories of elective surgery, the NHS in Scotland compared very favourably indeed with waiting times in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

This is of particular interest in the light of the proposed changes to the delivery of healthcare as outlined in the government White Paper. Critics of these proposals see them as opening the door to privatisation of some areas of the NHS in that country and welcome the policy of the Scottish government retaining control of the NHS within the public sector.

The introduction, on a pilot basis, of electing members to health boards was welcomed by the organisation.

The chairman of the SHCN, Dr Robert Cumming, expressed disappointment about the rejection of proposals by Holyrood, as a step to control alcohol abuse through the mechanism of minimum unit pricing of alcohol. This at a time, when there is a recognition by all political parties of the damaging effects of the excessive consumption in so many aspects of our society.

In March 2011 in-patient beds will be transferred from Stobhill Hospital to Glasgow Royal Infirmary. Concern was expressed that some of the wards which have been refurbished to accommodate additional patients at GRI will have very few individual rooms will therefore fall short of what patients could reasonably expect of a modern hospital in the twenty first century.


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Notes for editors:

Eleven procedures: Angioplasty, angiography, bypass surgery, cataract surgery, hip replacement, knee replacement, endoscope of bladder, endoscope of upper gastrointestinal tract, hernia repair, tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy, varicose surgery.

Statistics obtained by Dr Matthew Dunnigan from: United Health Statistics 2010; Tables 6.6 a-f; Edition No 4; Office for National Statistics.

Covering the years 2005-06 and 2009-10


Contacts:

Dr Robert Cumming, chairman, Scottish Health Campaigns Network.

0141 956 2004

mobile: 07756050701

Dr Matthew Dunnigan

0141 339 6479


Released by:

Malcolm Allan

Secretary and media contact, SHCN

0141 772 4292

mobile 07813430922