From Ludo Thierry:

Thanks, John, for drawing to our attention Prof. Stanley and his GRI Team’s fantastic work in Malawi. (I can’t help but idly speculate whether any of his Malawian trainees josh him with the greeting “Professor Stanley I presume….”). A really fantastic illustration of the role our new Scotland can play even having not yet fully escaped the frustrating travails of Johnson’s britnat Ukania.

Another couple of good news stories for the Scottish NHS were carried in the Courier (GMS also mentioned the introduction of the violence reduction Navigator Team at Ninewells – so kudos to Gary or whichever of them managed to slip that story through against the iron SNP Baaad editorial controls): Link and snippets below:

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/politics/scottish-politics/1077329/ninewells-ae-is-best-performing-in-uk/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

Despite NHS A&E waiting times in Scotland still failing to attain the Scottish Government’s performance targets, Ninewells and NHS Tayside’s emergency departments consistently exceed the 95% four-hour waiting goal.

Even with the extra pressures placed upon the health service of the festive period, staff still managed to process 96.3% of patients who attended the emergency department within four hours.

Over the Christmas and New Year period, there were 2,730 attendances in the emergency departments in Tayside.

Navigators:

NHS Tayside chief executive Grant Archibald said: “I am extremely proud NHS Tayside consistently achieves the four-hour target.

On Monday Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf visited Ninewells to launch the Navigator programme, which helps patients affected by violent and chaotic lifestyles as soon as they present at emergency departments.

The service, run by the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit and Medics Against Violence, has helped almost 2,000 people to date in other areas of Scotland since its inception in 2015.

Mr Yousaf said: “This will have a real impact and it will hopefully reduce the revolving door of violence.

“Navigators do a remarkable job, helping to support people often living in difficult circumstances, to receive support that can truly be life changing. Their interventions in emergency departments have a massive impact on the individual and also benefit their families and the wider community.