NHS Lothian funding gap proves “strains on the system”

Responding to claims made by the Deputy Chief Executive of NHS Lothian, Jim Crombie, in the Health and Sport Committee this morning that the health board requires £31m to return services to 2017 levels, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

“The troubles with NHS Tayside, and now with NHS Lothian, show the clear strains on the system. Staff are working around the clock but they aren’t getting anywhere near the support and resources they need.

“In other health boards the Scottish Government has ignored warnings and seen things go from bad to worse. Here’s the early warning that NHS Lothian needs help. The government must step in and properly resource the struggling service so it has what it needs to meet demand.

“Yet again inaction and under-resourcing are hurting staff, patients and services. The Health Secretary ought to do the right thing and resign, if not it will fall to Parliament to make clear that this is not good enough for our NHS.”

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