Responding to Nicola Sturgeon’s speech to NHS Scotland today (Friday 22 June), Richard Simpson MSP, Scottish Labour’s Shadow Minister for Public Health said:
“Nicola Sturgeon is good at claiming credit for the good news the NHS but never takes responsibility for when it goes wrong.
“In her speech to the health service, Nicola Sturgeon failed to outline any detailed vision for the NHS under the SNP and avoided addressing the problems that she and the SNP government have caused.
“She offered no apology for cutting the NHS budget, cutting nurses and midwives at a rate ten times higher than in England, NHS officials fiddling waiting-list figures, patients being treated with a lack of dignity and poor trauma care.
“As time goes on, it is clear that the NHS in Scotland is not safe in SNP hands.”
Speaking after his question in FMQs today regarding the day of action by members of the BMA, Scottish Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, Dr Richard Simpson MSP, said:
“It is very regrettable that the Scottish Government have not engaged with the BMA with enough vigour to get a Scottish solution to this affair.
“In England Andrew Lansley already announced well in advance of the industrial action how many operations and outpatient appointments that will be cancelled and diagnostic tests delayed, but here in Scotland we did not know until today and then only when the Deputy First minister was asked.
“The BMA remain deeply concerned that the health boards have not notified all affected patients. Yet the Cabinet Secretary stated that Health Boards had complied. They cannot both be correct
“This action is not welcome and we would hope that Nicola Sturgeon would have played a more proactive role in working with the BMA in at least better informing the public, as patients will be the ones who suffer most from this failing on both sides. Both sides should get back around the table and resolve this matter urgently.”