Health & the NHS

45% More Radiologists For NHS Scotland

Thanks to a parliamentary question by leading list Tory MSP, Annie Wells, TuS can reveal that the number of radiologists working in Scotland’s hospitals has increased from 223.5 to 325.0 in the period 2006 to 2018 and the number training has gone up 20%. In addition, many current radiologists are expected to continue to be available to NHS Scotland, on a part-time basis, after retirement. The situation in for the Conservative and Labour governments in England and Wales is less encouraging.

Improved Fire Safety Standards For All Scottish Homes

From the Scottish Government news website: ‘New rules to reduce deaths in household fires have been announced today, with improved standards introduced for fire and smoke alarms in Scottish homes.  The improved standards will mean every home in the country must have a smoke alarm fitted in the living room or lounge, and in circulation spaces such as hallways and landings. The changes also mean every kitchen must have a heat alarm, and the alarms will have to be interlinked so they can be heard throughout the property. There must also be a carbon monoxide alarm where there are fixed combustion appliances. The new rules mean the standard which currently applies to private rented property and new-builds is being extended to all homes in Scotland.

NHS Scotland's A&E Outperforms Despite Increased Demand

"86.4% of 26 000 patients were seen within 4 hours in the first week of January 2019. This compares very favourably with January 2018 when only 77.8% of just over 25 000 were seen in 4 hours.

Note: I have used BBC Scotland editorial guidelines in rounding the numbers above.

No January figures are available for NHS England but, in December 2018, only 79.3% were seen in 4 hours."