Responding to a statement from the Health Secretary confirming that reduced paediatric service at St John's is to continue indefinitely, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:
"The SNP simply do not have the staff in place to return St John's to the service that patients need and want.
"Many of the children who would ordinarily be treated at St John's will be adults by the time the SNP make their minds up.
"Scottish Liberal Democrats are demanding the Health Minister publish an annual report on workforce planning and lead an annual debate on it at Parliament. That would mean in future failings can be identified and rectified before it’s too late.”