Highlanders bearing the brunt of SNPs “scandalous” NHS crisis?


MSPs clash over “scandalous” NHS report 28 October 2016

Ruth Davidson has claimed the Scottish Government’s “scandalous” handling of the NHS has left it in crisis.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon clashed with opposition leaders over the state of the health service following the publication of a damning Audit Scotland report yesterday.

The independent inquiry, which was branded “the worst since devolution”, showed NHS Grampian and NHS Highland have been underfunded by more than £20million by the Scottish Government this year.

The revelation follows increasing concern about the provision GP services across the north of Scotland, as well as a ballooning use of agency staff.

At First Minister’s Questions yesterday, Tory leader Ms Davidson accused the first minister of abandoning the NHS – a claim Ms Sturgeon rebuffed.

Ms Davidson said: “I think we need to spell out things today for what they are – that is the failure of this government to get to grips with our NHS and it is an outrage. Health boards are having to make huge savings to break even, to take out loans to keep going and to put off essential repairs to hospital buildings.”

“I call it a scandal.”

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale also challenged the first minister on the “damning” report. “Nicola Sturgeon cannot ignore what patients and staff are saying about the NHS in Scotland,” she told MSPs. “The Audit Scotland report is damning. The independent experts have produced a grim diagnosis after a decade of SNP control of the NHS.”

Her health spokesman, Anas Sarwar, made an 11th hour bid to secure an emergency debate on the report, but was snubbed by Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh. Mr Sarwar said the Audit Scotland report was “the worst since devolution” and claimed Health Secretary Shona Robison was “out of her depth”.read in full  SOURCE 


{This is just NHS Highlands in the past couple of months}


  1. Scottish Government underfunds north health authories by more than £20million
  2. Spike in Highland excess winter deaths despite improvement elsewhere



  1. 90% increase in complaints to NHS Highland in just five years
  2. Remote community fears losing doctor-led out-of-hours service



  1. North cancer patients facing unacceptable wait for scans
  2. Highland hospital bed cuts spark mass protest 



  1. NHS Highland buildings are ranked second worst in Scotland
  2. GPs will no longer be ‘default’ person for out-of-hours care in one



  1. The Horror of SNP’s NHS Scandal: E Coli Sepsis KILLS NEWBORN
  2. #NHS #Highland in apology over care of woman who died from brain tumour


  1. Fears local NHS boards could be scrapped “by stealth”



  1. Councillors demand Caithness maternity rethink
  2. Maternity services shake-up to go ahead despite series of high-profile blunders
  3. Health bosses forced to apologise following death of newborn baby in Highland hospital
  4. Caithness health activists to hold demonstration ahead of council meeting
  5. Funding withdrawal for chronic pain self-help group