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Health Board Chairman Proud of Staff After Health Secretary Praises Performance

November 02, 2010 3:41 PM

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NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Chairman, Andrew Robertson, has spoken of his pride in the 44,000 strong health board workforce after Nicola Sturgeon, Cabinet Secretary for Health, praised the Board’s performance across a number of crucial health priorities at its Annual Review.

At the Annual Review, which was attended by more than 170 members of the public and other interested groups, the audience heard how NHSGGC is exceeding a number of tough national targets in drug treatment performance, waiting times, smoking cessation, infection control, alcohol brief interventions and dementia.

In response the Cabinet Secretary described NHSGGC as “the highest performing board in relation to the Scottish Government’s dementia target” and said that NHSGGC “are to be commended for your consistently high performance against the drug treatment performance indicators.”

The Board also outlined the work involved in achieving our best ever waiting times performance. NHSGGC is exceeding many of our waiting times targets, and as a result thousands of patients have benefited through earlier treatment.

Continuing to meet these targets is particularly pleasing when viewed in the context that we treated some 271,000 inpatients, 403,000 new outpatients and 148,000 day cases in 2009/10.

The Board was also praised by the Cabinet Secretary and her team in relation to our performance and progress in smoking cessation and the delivery of alcohol brief interventions.

Mr Robertson said: “I am immensely proud of the positive outcome of the Annual Review and the achievements which were recognised yesterday. 2009/10 has seen NHSGGC reach some very significant milestones in improving the quality of care offered to our patients.

“These achievements have been realised through the tireless efforts of our dedicated and immensely talented staff.

“It is testament to them that the new ways of working and the ongoing re-design of how we deliver our services to patients in hospitals, clinics and in the community are achieving real results. Staff should be rightly proud of their mammoth efforts.

“I am also delighted that we were able to report to the Cabinet Secretary that all this and more has been achieved on budget and the Board remains on track to achieve a break even position at the end of this financial year.”

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