Jim Hume, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for South Scotland and party health spokes has today said that eight years of SNP government has left Scotland’s NHS in need of intensive care after a new Audit Scotland report warned that the Scottish Government has not made sufficient progress towards achieving its 2020 vision.
The new report published today (Thursday October 22nd) warned that the Scottish Government needs to increase the pace of change if the 2020 vision is to be achieved.
The report also showed that only 2 of the 9 key NHS waiting time targets were met as of March 2015 with the other 7 being missed, while territorial health boards spent £284 million in 2014/15 for temporary staff, an increase of 15% from the previous year.
Commenting, Mr Hume said:
“After eight years of SNP government, our NHS seems to be in need of intensive care. We already knew that Scotland is facing an NHS recruitment crisis. A&E targets have been missed and missed again, even at brand new hospitals. The findings of this latest report are stark: unless SNP Ministers get a grip, the 2020 vision will not be achieved.
“NHS boards have been forced to scramble to address staff shortages and short-term arrangements have replaced long-term planning. This is clearly not sustainable. NHS boards need the freedom to do more than offer sticking plasters to cover the holes in services. Staff and patients must not be left to pay the price of the SNP’s failure to support health services.
“Complacency is not an option for SNP Ministers. We need to know what steps they will take to address the huge challenges facing our health service."
Notes to Editors:
A copy of the Auditor General for Scotland’s report is available online here