Health and Wellbeing

Hospital waiting times set a new record low

Over these past five years we've worked hard to deliver faster treatment, close to home:

We’ve protected spending in the NHS with an extra £1.2 billion over the last four years to safeguard frontline services – that’s  over £2,800 for every man, woman and child in Scotland.

We’ve reduced hospital waiting times to a record low for outpatients, they are now 13 days shorter than they were under Labour. Hospital inpatient waiting times have also been cut dramatically – by 19 days compared to Labour. We’ve delivered on our ambitious cancer target which means treatment begins within one month of a decision to treat.

We’ve abolished prescription charges, saving people with long-term illnesses an average of more than £180 and scrapped charges at all NHS-run hospital car parks.

We’ve made sure more GP practices are open in the evenings and at weekends.

We've helped to ensure infection in Scottish hospitals is now at an all time low through independent inspections, tripling the funding, hiring 1,000 more cleaners, introducing a new staff uniform and dress code and a zero tolerance approach to non-compliance with hand hygience policies.

One million more Scots are registered with NHS dentists under our SNP Government – an increase of a fifth.

We’ve made sure our older generation is properly cared for by increasing payments for free personal and nursing care for the first time since it was introduced.

And, we’ve provided £840 million to build the new South Glasgow Hospital.