Good Luck to Scots Playing for the Lions

Motion S4M-06813: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 30/05/2013

Good Luck to Scots Playing for the Lions

That the Parliament congratulates Stuart Hogg, Richie Gray and Sean Maitland on being selected against the Barbarians for the British and Irish Lions in the opening game on 1 June 2013; considers it a huge honour to play for the Lions and that the three Scottish players all made it into the tour opening game against the Barbarians in Hong Kong; notes the long history that is associated with the Lions that can be dated back to 1888, when the Lions first visited two host nations and played 35 matches, of which they won 27; understands that the last time there was a successful Lions tour was in 1997 in South Africa, where the Lions won the series 2-1, and wishes the best of luck not only to the three Scottish players but to the entire squad for this game and the rest of the six-week tour.

Forth Valley scores worst A&E Waiting Times in Scotland

Forth Valley scores worst A&E Waiting Times in Scotland

 

Waiting time figures released for A&E departments throughout Scotland highlight that they continue to miss Scottish Government targets, with Forth Valley consistently obtaining some of the longest waiting times of all the health boards in Scotland.

The Scottish Government’s waiting time target, up until April 2013, is that 98% of patients will wait less than 4 hours from arrival to admission, discharge or transfer for treatment. From April 2013 this has been lowered to 95% of patients waiting for four hours, but the recent figures make it appear unlikely this new lowered target will be reached.

For March 2013 Forth Valley had the lowest percentage of patients meeting the four hour target than any other health board.

Dr Simpson MSP, shadow Public Health Minister and a former GP said:

“These figures are once again disappointing but the four hour waiting time target has not been met since 2009.

“I know how hard our staff are working in our Accident and Emergency departments. It is not a coincidence that Forth Valley and Lothian, Boards with the poorest records, are the areas which are recognised nationally as underfunded. The SNP government should be making up at least some of this funding shortfall now.”

 

 ENDS

 

Background notes:

Emergency Department Activity – SNP still haven’t met their A&E target across Scotland since 2009 and by this performance they would fail to meet their new target.

These statistics cover the period before the downgrading of the target from 98% of people to wait no longer than 4hours to 95%.  Again another failure to meet the target:

·        During the quarter ending 31 March 2013, the proportion of new and unplanned attendances at all A&E services across Scotland that were seen and discharged within 4 hours was: 89.7% January (lowest ever), 91.9% February and 91.9% March.

·         With this performance they would even be breaching their new 95% target.

·         In March 2013 four NHS Boards achieved the waiting time standard of 98% of patients admitted, transferred or discharged from A&E within 4 hours.

·        The last time compliance was met across Scotland was September 2009.

 

http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Emergency-Care/Publications/2013-05-28/2013-05-28-ED-Report.pdf

 

4 Hour Compliance         Dec-12            Jan-13             Feb-13            Mar-13              

Ayrshire & Arran              87.8%             85.2%             88.1%             89.6%

Borders                            94.9%             95.5%            96.9%             97.0%

Dumfries & Galloway       95.3%             93.2%             94.5%             94.0%

Fife                                   91.1%              92.7%            92.3%             96.9%

Forth Valley                      85.8%             87.3%             91.2%             87.6%

Grampian                         94.5%             94.9%             96.0%             95.2%

GRtr Glsgw & Clyde        90.4%             87.8%             89.1%             89.6%

Highland                          97.8%             97.3%             97.5%             97.5%

Lanarkshire                      84.4%             83.5%             90.7%             91.8%

Lothian                             86.2%             88.2%             91.1%             88.1%

Orkney                             98.6%             97.9%             97.0%             98.6%

Shetland                           98.8%             98.7%             99.6%             99.5%

Tayside                             98.4%             99.0%             98.5%             98.7%

Western Isles                   98.3%             97.8%             98.7%             98.9%

SCOTLAND                     90.3%             89.7%             91.9%             91.9%

The target was:

·           98 per cent of patients will wait less than 4 hours from arrival to admission, discharge or transfer for accident and emergency treatment[1].  It was introduced in December 2007.

But from April 2013 it will be:

·           95% of patients will wait less than 4 hours from arrival to admission, discharge or transfer for accident and emergency treatment by year ending September 2014.