Rennie proposes ideas for failing Health Secretary

Responding to the latest comments from the Health Secretary and the prospect of a no confidence vote, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

“Liberal Democrats have provided a mountain of ideas to improve the NHS but the problem is that Shona Robison isn’t listening.  If she had listened to us on mental health services, GPs, targets and social care she might not be facing calls to resign today. 

“Shona Robison is a block to progress in the NHS.

"The Health Secretary should double the CAMHS budget so children and young people don’t wait an age to get urgent treatment. She should put a mental health practitioner in every local surgery, taking some of the pressure off GPs and ending the scandal of year long waits for treatment. Shona Robison should also publish the primary care workforce plan that is months late, despite doctors warning they are busier than ever.

"On NHS Tayside, Shona Robison should explain why the Auditor General has concluded warnings aren't being taken seriously across the NHS, launch an independent inquiry into Tayside's finances and take some responsibility rather than scapegoat health board bosses.

"Poor decisions and inaction are hurting staff, patients and services. If the Health Secretary will not do the right thing and resign, it will fall to Parliament to make clear that this is not good enough. The spotlight is on the Conservatives and Greens to declare whether they approve of Shona Robison’s handling of the NHS. SNP MSPs need to have a quiet word with the First Minister that change is required at the top of the NHS.”

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