Health & the NHS

New Cancer Treatment Research Centre For Glasgow

"From NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde yesterday: Glasgow scientists have been awarded a major cash boost from Cancer Research UK to pioneer new radiotherapy technologies and techniques that could help more people survive cancer in the future. Experts from the Cancer Research UK Glasgow Centre are set to receive £3.5 million over the next five years. Glasgow has been chosen to be one of just seven centres of excellence** in a UK-wide network that will accelerate advances in radiotherapy research."

NHS England Spending On Temporary Nurses Is Nearly Three Times That Of Scotland!

"In NHS Scotland, agency nurses cost the country £26.2 million in 2018-19, up from £17.1 million in 2014-15 and bank nurses cost £161.9 million in 2018-19, up from £138.8 million in 2014-15 – a rise of 17%. Total in 2018/19 is £188.1 million. In NHS England, as at the end of 2018, NHS trusts were forecasting spending some £5.6 billion on temporary staff in 2018/19. So, all things being equal, the NHS England figure should be around 11 times that of Scotland or £2.07 billion but in fact it’s (predicted to be) £5.6 billion, nearly THREE times higher!"

NHS Scotland's Biggest Reductions In Surgical Deaths Ever

"As the Tories foolishly aim to fight for votes on the hospital wards and astonishingly think they can attack the SNP there, It’s worth re-posting this from April 2019: A World Health Organization safety checklist to encourage teamwork and communication during operations has been associated with a 37% reduction in the death rate after operations, with a notably dramatic fall since 2007/8. Dr Atul Gawande, who introduced the checklist and co-authored the above study, published in the British Journal of Surgery, said: ‘Scotland’s health system is to be congratulated for a multi-year effort that has produced some of the largest population-wide reductions in surgical deaths ever documented.’"

Cancer Mortality Rates In Scotland Continue To Fall

"From NHS Scotland today: Over the last ten years, the overall risk of dying from cancer (the age-adjusted cancer mortality rate) has fallen by 10%, a decrease of 12% for males and 7% for females. The number of annual cancer deaths has increased over the same period. This is largely because the number of older people, who are at greater risk of developing cancer, has increased."