Scotland continues to become a healthier nation – with deaths from heart disease and strokes falling by a third since the SNP came to government in 2007.

Figures released today show that mortality rates for coronary heart disease have dropped by 36% and deaths from strokes have fallen 33% since 2007.

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Tributes paid to hard-working NHS staff

Today's strong A&E figures show that SNP investment in the health service is continuing to pay off – supporting hard-working NHS staff in delivering a first-class service for patients.

Figures published today show that during the week ending 27 December, 96.1 per cent of patients were treated within four hours at core sites – above the interim target of 95 per cent.

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Bob Doris MSPSNP MSP for Glasgow and deputy convener of the Scottish Parliament Health & Sport committee, Bob Doris congratulates the nearly 200 former nurses and midwives who are expected to return to practice this year. The number is almost double the Scottish Government’s initial target, making the programme a resounding success.

Over 40 participants have already completed Return to Practice programmes in 2015, allowing them to retrain and re-enter the nursing and midwifery workforce.

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