NHS in Scotland under "Extreme Pressure"          



8 January 2015

Reports from across Scotland have highlighted extreme pressure today on the NHS, with patients waiting for long hours and increased numbers of admissions to hospitals.

The BBC reports that patients are being redirected and procedures postponed due to “seasonal pressures” at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

The Herald reports that hospitals across Scotland are running short of beds, with patients being left for hours on trolleys.

Earlier this week Scottish Labour announced plans to use some of the proceeds from a UK-wide Mansion Tax to fund 1,000 extra NHS nurses in Scotland.

Scottish Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary Jenny Marra MSP said :

“A picture is emerging today of enormous pressure in our Accident and Emergency departments.

“Staff are working extremely hard but the increased number of patients and admissions is putting our hospitals under severe strain.

“The SNP Health Secretary and First Minister need to get a handle on this as soon as possible.

"This will be a long winter.

"The Government must look urgently at what it can do over the next 24 hours, the weekend, and over the next few weeks to plan how pressure on A&E and admissions can be eased.

“We need to make sure our NHS is protected and supported.

"That is why Scottish Labour will use a UK wide Mansion Tax to deliver 1000 extra nurses, some of whom will deployed in A&E departments across the country.”



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