South Glasgow University Hospital campus to be handed over to NHS Scotland


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By @ShaunyNews  Via: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-30987950

Good news for the West of Scotland and Glasgow this. Also brilliant to see GOOD MONEY being spent on the right things by the Scottish Government. Soon when Scotland free’s herself more from London we can achieve more of this. The SNP have made a promise to fight tooth and nail for the NHS and this is a good start. I know we still have a ways to go but in the end the people of Scotland will decide our fate. I know many think Tory/UKIP coalition Governments are a real possibility but so is a Labour/Greens/Plaid Cymru/SNP Government for the UK where Wales and Scotland will get more freedom from London, this is very possible also. It is in our hands peeps, let’s keep it there. No Tory, Blue or Red

Scotland’s largest hospital is due to be officially handed over to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. The new South Glasgow University Hospital campus cost more than £800m to build and will have more than 1,300 beds. The health board said it had been delivered under budget and ahead of schedule.

The facility is due to open to patients in May. Construction work began in early 2011 and it has been the biggest building site in Scotland. The new campus will bring major changes to the way healthcare is delivered across the west of Scotland – with maternity, children’s and adult hospitals all on one site. The Southern General campus will replace the Southern General Hospital, Western and Victoria Infirmaries, Mansionhouse Unit and Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Yorkhill.

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There will be space for 1,300 patients, mostly in single rooms, 29 operating theatres, and even a landing pad on the hospital roof, for rescue helicopters. In addition to replacing adult hospitals in Glasgow, the new South Glasgow University Hospital will incorporate a new teaching and learning facility and the Centre for Stratified Medicine and clinical research facilities. Up to 10,000 NHS staff will be based on the campus when it is fully operational. Building contractors, Brookfield Multiplex, are due to formally pass the hospital over to the health board later.

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Extra £100m to help cut numbers waiting to be discharged from hospital


Hospital: The money will be used to help patients get home sooner.

Hospital: The money will be used to help patients get home sooner.

By @ShaunyNews Viahttp://news.stv.tv/politics/307144-extra-100m-to-help-cut-numbers-waiting-to-be-discharged-from-hospital/

Good news for Scottish people as the SNP pump more money into the Scottish National Health Service. With First Minister Nicola Sturgeon flat our refusing to allow the Scottish NHS to be privatised, this is two fingers to London who want to privatise the NHS with UKIPS and Nigel Farage saying a few days ago “Health Insurance is something we must come back to” http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/nigel-farage-admits-still-wants-5007340 The UK General Elections are crucial for Scotland. We must vote in Yes minded politicians and the one’s who support getting the ‘Edinburgh Agreement’ in full. Well done Westminster, they are squeezing every penny to help Scotland here. Links at the bottom as usual

A further £100m will be invested in the NHS over the next three years to help cut the numbers of people waiting to be discharged from hospital.

Ministers have said tackling the problem of delayed discharges is a top priority. The money will be used to help health boards and local authorities deliver care and support for people at home or in a similar setting. The move is aimed at preventing delays in discharge, as well as preventing admissions to hospital and attendances at A&E. It is hoped that, together, the measures will reduce pressure across the system.

Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport – Shona Robison MSP

Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport – Shona Robison MSP

Health Secretary Shona Robison said: “Tackling delayed discharge is an absolute key priority for this government and today’s announcement of £100m over the next three years is crucial to this effort. “Reducing delayed discharge not only helps individual patients, who benefit from getting home or to a homely setting as quickly as possible, but also helps ease pressure across the system.” Of the £100m funding package, £30m will be invested in 2015/16, while £35m will be allocated in 2016/17 and again in 2017/18.

The 2015/16 funding will come from Barnett consequentials, with the remaining £70m coming from subsequent health budgets.

Ms Robison added: “This is about far more than just investment, it forms part of the Government’s overarching commitment to implementing the integration of health and social care services across Scotland. “This will involve health boards working closer than ever with local government in a new relationship to deliver the right care to people in the right place at the right time. “It will also include a shared commitment to deliver on key issues, such as discharging patients within 72 hours of clinical readiness, and reducing the number of hospital admissions that are avoidable. “Today’s announcement builds on the significant progress made to devise new and innovative ways to improve the flow of patients through health and care services. “We will continue to support this work, together with our partners in the NHS and local government, to reshape the health and social care system as we work towards integration coming into force in April.”

A taskforce has been set up with council body Cosla to roll out the plans to tackle delayed discharge. Cosla’s health and well-being spokesman, Councillor Peter Johnston, said: “This is a timely investment from the Scottish Government – amidst a challenging operating environment for councils and health boards.” The funding announcement comes in a month when hospital accident and emergency departments came under considerable pressure due to high levels of demand, leading to extended waiting times in some places and the postponement of some planned medical procedures.

And on Monday, a council and health board were told to make urgent improvements in a bid to tackle the problem of bed-blocking. A joint inspection of services for older people said the performance of Fife Partnership – which includes Fife Council and NHS Fife – to ensure elderly patients are discharged when they are well enough to leave was “mixed”.

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NHS Not Safe From Private Firms In Controversial TTIP Deal, Westminster Admits


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Ministers have admitted the NHS is still on the table as part of secretive talks over a controversial US-EU trade deal that could see it opened up to American corporations. Following protests in London over the weekend, UK trade minister Lord Livingston confirmed that the NHS had not been excluded from talks about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), insisting that it was because it would “not see any change to its existing obligations”. The admission was seized upon by trade unions, who called on David Cameron to veto any inclusion of the NHS in talks for the controversial deal

Len McCluskey, general secretary of the Unite union, said: “The government is allowing faceless bureaucrats in Brussels and Washington to make the sell-off of our treasured NHS permanent. The French have already used their veto to exclude the French film industry. There is no reason why the British government can’t do the same to protect the NHS. “The people of this country didn’t vote for selling-off our NHS and they didn’t vote to make the sell-off irreversible by giving US companies the right to sue us in secret courts. It is an outrage that this government is prepared to expose our NHS to US companies and Wall Street investors. “Lord Livingstone tried to claim that the NHS won’t be affected, in that case why is the NHS included in the deal and why can’t the government just take the NHS out of TTIP? The government needs to stop trying to pull the wool over our eyes and veto the inclusion of the NHS in TTIP now.”

A poll recently carried out by Survation found that most of those polled (68%) opposed the inclusion of the NHS as part of the deal. Barely one in four (23%) of those planning to vote Conservative supported including the NHS, while 77% of those planning to vote Ukip opposed including it in any TTIP talks. Prime Minister David Cameron has welcomed TTIP, which could be the biggest bilateral trade deal in history, as a “once in a lifetime” opportunity. The trade deal, which could be finalised as early as next year, would create jobs and boost the UK economy by £10 billion a year, supporters say.

Lord Livingston said: “This is a very big prize, removing most tariffs so that more companies will be able to trade with the United States. We are trying to bring standards together, not reduce them. “Our job is to put the facts on the table, give assurances and see this as a good news story.” Syed Kamall, leader of the Conservatives in the European Parliament, recently poured scorn on the “myths’ surrounding the TTIP negotiations. Blogging on the Huffington Post UK, he wrote: “If the TTIP negotiations cover issues other than trade, it becomes known as a “mixed agreement” and will have to be ratified by the British Parliament. “Democratic oversight and transparency is a core shared objective of the parties and Members of the European Parliament across the political spectrum are closely monitoring the different stages of the process in order to inform our citizens and to engage them in the process.”

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