Cole-Hamilton: SNP cannot stonewall questions on health reforms

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said that the Health Secretary seems wholly incapable of giving straightforward answers to basic questions over plans for NHS health board reforms.

The SNP’s 2016 election manifesto called for a review of the number, structure and regulation of health boards. In answers to parliamentary questions from Mr Cole-Hamilton on these plans, the Cabinet Secretary for Health was unable to confirm when this would take place, how reducing the number of health boards would improve services or what impact this could have on staffing levels.

Commenting, Mr Cole-Hamilton said:

"The Health Secretary seems wholly incapable of giving a straightforward answer to basic questions on her plans for NHS reforms.

"The SNP can't tell us when their review of health boards will start or end. They cannot tell us what they think is wrong with the current structures, what evidence suggests that reducing the number of health boards would improve services or how many jobs are at risk from changes. 

"We all rely on the NHS and there is significant concern amongst healthcare professionals over the sort of reforms that we can expect. But the SNP seem content to keep people in the dark over what could be fundamental changes to our health service. Stonewalling straightforward questions is simply not good enough."

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