I’m using the unconventional term ‘SNP Government’ here, in the context of good news, to compensate for the tendency in our Nomedia to use it for bad news.
In the Guardian today:
‘Health visitors struggling with ‘dangerously high’ caseloads’
In the same article:
‘The number of health visitors [England] rose from 7,849 in September 2010 to 10,236 in September 2015 because the coalition government made recruitment a priority. But that fell to 8,497 in September last year and again to 8,016 in May this year, as councils cut spending on public health after their grants for that purpose from central government were reduced.’
In Scotland, the SNP Government has increased the number of health visitors from 1 155 in March 2015 to 1 448 in December 2017 (17% of the NHS England figure). That’s an increase of more than 25%.
Perhaps related to this, in the Nordic countries – Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland – the rate of stillbirths and deaths of babies within 28 days is 4.3 per 1 000 live births. This is the lowest in the world. In the USA, it’s about 10. The Scottish figure has now fallen to just 4.72 with the rate for the UK at 5.61.
What with the crisis so helpfully pointed out by the Unionist branch offices, it’s been a struggle to find any but here are a few recent good news stories about NHS Scotland:
NHS Scotland survives summer heatwave despite SNP failure to control London Met Office
NHS Scotland chronic pain waiting times hold steady despite 3.26% increase in demand and while NHS England figures mysteriously disappear
SNP blamed for standing by as NHS England vacancies run at more than three times those in NHS Scotland
SNP Government acts early to prevent NHS winter crisis in 2018/19
NHS Scotland Psychological Therapies waiting times almost maintained despite major increase in demand
Six consecutive years of NHS Scotland staffing growth
Looking south only, NHS England is ‘left behind Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Japan’ but Scotland is both ‘just behind’ and well ahead of them!
91% satisfaction with NHS Scotland staff! Patients even more satisfied than before
NHS Scotland maintains waiting times for Outpatients despite soaring pressures and unlike the crisis in non-Scottish parts
NHS Scotland sees more patients within 18 weeks as demand soars
Major achievement by NHS Scotland as operations cancelled due to capacity or non-clinical reasons fall dramatically by 31%
Is BBC Scotland exploiting patients with mental health problems to construct an ill-founded attack on NHS Tayside?
At 78% level of satisfaction with NHS Scotland is impressive 36% higher than for the NHS across UK
NHS Scotland misrepresented!
Anger over Scotsman’s call for Miles Briggs to be listened to…at all as NHS taxi costs fall 14% in one year
NHS Scotland first to be 100% Baby Friendly
Updated: The Scotsman colludes with Labour and Tories to fake another crisis in NHS Scotland
NHS England sees 35% increase in patients waiting more than 18 weeks while NHS Scotland reports a fall of 0.2% despite a 14.6% increase in demand
Scotsman, Herald and Tories collude in another laughable attempt to unseat Scottish Health Secretary using NHS Scotland’s success stories
NHS Lothian ‘bed-blocking’ remains much lower than average in NHS England
Scotsman under fire over dishonest reporting of four-doctor protest, against NHS England, but at Holyrood (?), in latest round weaponizing NHS in proxy war against SNP
NHS Scotland A&E performance is more than 10% better than NHS England though BBC Salford mislead viewers by using wrong figure
NHS Scotland: 27% increase in kidney transplants including 10% increase from living donors as ‘UK’ level falls to eight-year low
Bed-blocking in NHS Scotland falls by nearly 10% in one year as the rate in NHS England surges to nearly 500% higher, per capita, than that in NHS Scotland!
National auditors find two very different NHS systems in the UK. Someone tell Theresa today.