NHS praised for meeting A&E target

John Raine, chairman of NHS Borders.
John Raine, chairman of NHS Borders.

MSP Paul Wheelhouse has congratulated NHS Borders on seeing 98 per cent of A&E patients in under four hours.

Figures released by the Information Services Division (ISD) show NHS Borders was one of five health boards achieving the 98 per cent target.

Mr Wheelhouse said: “There is no doubt that the NHS remains under extreme pressure, especially during the winter months, but to see NHS Borders achieving such high targets on their A&E waiting times is a great testimony to the hard work and dedication of all the staff throughout the organisation.

“These results show just what can be achieved with improved planning and investment from the Scottish Government’s three-year unscheduled care action plan, which has seen £30 million investment, from both central and local Health Board funding, in the first year alone.

“Of course there is always room for improvement and having met NHS Borders Chief Executive, Calum Campbell, in recent weeks I know that any lessons that can be learned are being taken on board. However, I hope this positive news encourages and enthuses staff throughout NHS Borders and that they continue to strive for the quality of care I know they can deliver.”