Nicola Sturgeon backs £400m cut to struggling health service in Scotland


Delayed ambulances

Anas Sarwar, the Scottish Labor leader, revealed that more than 2,700 ambulances waited nearly two hours to deliver patients to the emergency room last month due to a lack of beds.

A Freedom of Information request to the Scottish Ambulance Service found that 2,731 ambulances were delayed by at least an hour and 50 minutes in October.

At Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow, ambulance turnaround time in October was over three hours – with 69 people waiting three hours and 40 minutes in the week starting October 10.

Mr Sarwar highlighted the case of Catrina McFarlane, an 81-year-old woman with bone cancer, who was told she had to be taken by ambulance to hospital at 10.15am after falling last month.

But he said her husband took her to the hospital himself the next day after giving up waitingat which point she was diagnosed with a broken pelvis.

Mr Sarwar told Prime Minister’s Questions at Holyrood: ‘This government has no grip on the NHS crisis. Staff are asked to do the impossible. Patients are asked to accept the unacceptable. But this government is still in denial.

“We have growing queues at A&E for treatment, ambulances off the road for hours trying to drop off patients and people waiting in pain for help to come. All of this before we even hit the worst of winter. Lives will be lost as a result.

“Five years are needed to fix the NHS”

Humza Yousaf, the under-fire health secretary, said this week it would take him five years to fix the NHS’s problems, but Mr Sarwar said they had accumulated over 15 years of mismanagement of the SNP and that “patients should not have to wait a minute longer”.

Mr Yousaf also said he could not explain how ‘catastrophic’ it would be if thousands of NHS workers, including paramedics and nurses follow through on their strike threat.

Review of Mr Swinney’s emergency budget committed a further £700m to fund public sector pay deals, the cost of which has jumped thanks to double-digit inflation. This total included an additional £330million for NHS workers.

Although the overall amount of health spending will remain the same, the Deputy Prime Minister has taken money from frontline services to fund the increase.


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