News in brief: book festival planned, businesses reach awards final, A&E performance attacked

A second Cove and Kilcreggan Book Festival is being planned, to build on the success of last year’s inaugural event which featured authors including Kirsty Wark and Sally Magnusson.

This year’s event will take place on November 28 and 29, in parallel with Book Week Scotland, at Cove Burgh Hall.

A Rhu hotel and a Helensburgh restaurant have reached the final of Scotland’s Entertainment Awards.

Tapas restaurant La Barca will be hoping to retain the title of best Mediterranean Cuisine, while the Rosslea Hall Hotel is shortlisted as best wedding venue.

Lomond Shores at Balloch is also shortlisted in the best marketing team category.

A&E performance statistics at the Royal Alexandra Hospital have been attacked by MSP Jackie Baillie.

In the week ending March 8, 1,226 people were treated with 88.2%seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours;  145 patients (11.8%) spent more than four hours  and three patients (0.2%) spent more than eight hours.

The Dumbarton constituency MSP said: “More than five years have passed since the SNP last met their target of 98% of patients seen within four hours at the RAH.

“These latest figures show that in one week alone more than 145 patients had to wait more than four hours for emergency treatment at the RAH

“It’s clear that hardworking NHS staff are under intense pressure and the SNP have not done enough to deal with the A&E crisis.”

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  1. They have once again chosen the same weekend as Helensburgh Winter Festival for the Book festival. It does seem a bit foolish to pick the same dates as an already well established event. I enquired last year and was told that the weekend selected was the only ne the main spekers were available … surely that can’t be true again this year.

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