Health & the NHS

NHS Scotland's IVF Service Is 100%

In the Guardian yesterday: NHS bosses have apologised for justifying denying single women IVF treatment by saying they would be a burden to society and “unable to bring out the best outcomes for the child”: NHS South East London has said sorry for the “offence and distress” it caused, which prompted 175 single mothers to complain about its “misguided and offensive” language. Guidance explaining the policy was based on a document it had put together that stated: “Single mothers are generally poorer; they are likely to have greater support needs compared to two-parent couples, thereby placing a greater burden on society in general. Aristotle’s principle of equality says treat equals equally, so a couple compared to a couple is equal. A woman or man compared to a couple is not equal, and by attempting to think of them as such has no ground or support.” It added: “A sole woman is unable to bring out the best outcomes for the child.” https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/sep/09/nhs-bosses-apologise-calling-single-mothers-burden-society Once more there is a different approach in Scotland. An IVF service which has been 100% successful for 5 years in a row will have had immeasurable benefits reducing both the human and financial costs of infertility. More on this below.

NHS Scotland Reduces Hospital Stay After Hip Surgery And Lowers Risk Of Early Death

Main points:

  • 57% of patients were in theatre within 24 hours of hospital admission. Which is an increase from 55% in previous year.
  • The number of people being seen by a physiotherapist within two days of surgery continues to improve, from 91% in 2017 to 94% in 2018.
  • The length of time people spend in a hospital continues to fall. Decreasing from 22 days in 2012 to 17 days in 2018.

Progress With Childhood Obesity In Scotland

"Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western) (Scottish Liberal Democrats): To ask the Scottish Government how much is being allocated to each NHS board from the £1.7 million it has provided to reduce childhood obesity levels. https://www.parliament.scot/S5ChamberOffice/WA20190801.pdf. You can see the answer at the link above. For the life of me, I’ve no idea why he wasted time on this but it gives us the opportunity to remind everyone of the progress being made in Scotland and only here."

SNP Funding Enables Meals For Children In School Holidays

"From news.gov.scot yesterday: A record number of children have benefitted from holiday activities and nutritious meals while schools are shut. National charity, Cash For Kids, expect to provide activities to more than 61,000 children, up from the 37,000 children supported last year. The Scottish Government has focused £2 million from the £3.5 million Fair Food Fund specifically on school holidays, with £692,000 awarded for 2019-20 to support families send their children to a holiday club scheme. The Scottish Government took forward the recommendations of the Poverty and Inequality Commission earlier this year and worked to improve the coordination of support for families during the school holidays."

SNP Government Funds Extra Mental Health Workers

"As part of its Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027, the ‘SNP Government’ committed to provide funding to support the employment of 800 additional mental health workers, by 2012/2022, to improve access in key settings such as Accident and Emergency departments, GP practices, police station custody suites and prisons. As of 1 July 2019, an additional 268 WTE mental health workers had been appointed, well ahead of expectations after only one year of the three-year campaign."