Commenting on the speech to the BMA conference in Bournemouth today (27 June) by the Chairman of BMA Scotland in which Dr Brian Keighley calls for “action not rhetoric” for the NHS in Scotland, Dr Richard Simpson MSP, Scottish Labour’s Shadow Minister for Public Health said:
“Nicola Sturgeon is losing the confidence of the medical professionals in the NHS.
“Under the SNP, the NHS budget has been cut and staffing and nursing posts have been slashed. Yesterday’s news of deteriorating cancer treatment times comes on top of recent reports of officials fiddling waiting times, poor hospital standards and Ministers failing to introduce a whistle-blowers helpline. All of these add to the growing list of failings under her management of the NHS.
“The real risk is that this deteriorates into a full-blown crisis of confidence and leadership in the NHS in Scotland. Nicola Sturgeon clearly has too many other priorities on her shoulders and should spend more time on doing her ministerial job properly.”