Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has the new SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon must keep her eye firmly on the ball in efforts to improve failing day to day services as she prepares to formally take up the role of First Minister next week.
In recent years Scotland has suffered significant cuts to college places, hospital bed shortages and worsening performance against key cancer treatment times. Scotland’s schools now have fewer teachers, bigger class sizes and worsening pupil-teacher ratios.
Mr Rennie said:
“The SNP in the Scottish Government spent so long campaigning for independence they took their attention off day-to-day services. As a result, tens of thousands of college places were closed, hospitals faced a beds shortage and targets for cancer treatment were missed.
“The fact that fewer than 90 percent of cancer patients in some health boards are being treated within the waiting time shows the scale of the task at hand.
“As the new First Minister Nicola Sturgeon must keep her eye firmly on the ball of improving failing performance in our schools and hospitals, and restoring dramatic cuts to college places.
"It's a proud moment for Nicola Sturgeon but her burden is now great. Squaring her party activists' independence obsession with the will of the Scottish people who rejected independence is a monumental task. And it is a contradiction that will bedevil her leadership."