Scotland’s beleaguered NHS has been given an extra £300 million as Yousaf warns of the ‘toughest winter ever.’
THE STRUGGLING NHS IN SCOTLAND HAS BEEN GIVEN AN ADDITIONAL £300 MILLION in what is reported to be the largest winter cash increase for the NHS since devolution began.
Around £15 million will be spent on hiring 1,000 additional NHS employees, £48 million will be spent on raising social care pay to £10.02 per hour, and more than £60 million will be spent on home care services to free up hospital beds. In addition, health boards would be given £4.5 million to hire at least 200 registered nurses.
The remaining £172.5 million will be used to fund’step-down’ care, improve multidisciplinary teams, support primary care, and assist employees with their practical and emotional needs.
“Our NHS, social care professionals, and social work employees have been amazing throughout the epidemic,” SNP Health Minister Humza Yousaf, 36, said in a Holyrood announcement. “Today’s increased cash will help support them to offer care to people across Scotland this winter.”
Mr Yousaf’s new cash announcement, on the other hand, comes only weeks after Scotland experienced its worst month on record for waiting times at accident and emergency units.
According to the Times, in August, just over three-quarters of patients in Scotland were seen within four hours of being admitted to hospital.
This falls far short of the Government’s goal of treating 95 percent of patients within 240 minutes of their arrival in NHS hospitals.
The situation has deteriorated to the point where the SNP’s Health Minister has had to enlist the help of the British Army to drive ambulances north of the border.
According to The Scotsman, Police Scotland constables have been charged with transporting injured patients to hospitals as part of the effort to relieve pressure on the nation’s ambulance service.
“Our NHS is under more pressure than it has been at any stage in the pandemic, and quite honestly, it is likely to become worse,” Glasgow Pollok MSP said in a speech to the Scottish Parliament.
“It is for this reason that I am introducing the most significant package of actions and investment since devolution to support our NHS and social care services manage winter demands,” the Health Minister continued.
“It’s critical for me to be open and honest with the public, and to acknowledge that this winter will likely be the most difficult we’ve ever faced.”
“This government will stand by our NHS during its. “Brinkwire Summary News.”