Number of geriatric consultants increases by a quarter


New figures show the number of geriatric consultants employed by NHS Scotland has increased by almost 25 per cent since 2006.
Under the SNP Government the number of geriatric consultants has increased from 128 to 159.  The increase reflects the commitment of the Scottish government to providing world class treatment for the country’s older population.  Alone amongst the constituent parts of the UK, Scotland is committed to providing free personal care for elderly people. 
SNP MSP James Dornan received the figures in a parliamentary answer from Health Secretary Alex Neil.
Mr Dornan said:
“These figures are good news for older people in Scotland. The SNP is committed to delivering the best care for all our population.
“A 25 per cent increase in the number of geriatric consultants is testament to the dedication of our caring services to ensure that we have the necessary expertise to treat older patients with skill, sensitivity and dignity.
“We are also committed to free personal care for our elderly – something that Labour in Scotland branded part of a ‘something for nothing’ culture.
“These elderly people have worked in some cases for 50 years, paid their National Insurance, income tax and other taxes – free personal care is something those in need are fully entitled to.
“The SNP is also integrating health and social care to put an end to the unacceptable situation where there are disputes between health boards and local authorities on who should pay for care.
“The large rise in the number of geriatric consultants in Scotland is something to welcome, and we must continue to build on this success as part of a world-class health service.”