Responding to the news that five Scottish health boards have been escalated to stage three or above in the NHS Board Performance Escalation Framework, meaning risks require tailored support and a recovery plan, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:
“The handling of Scotland’s health boards is a scandal. This is an SOS from the NHS, but the crisis isn’t out of the blue. Ministers could have stopped this going so far if they had listened to health professionals' concerns about understaffing and strained resources.
“Reports are telling us the financial struggle boards are facing could affect the quality of care. Patient safety and the future of our NHS is at stake. The Health Secretary must get a grip of this now.”