Commenting on reports that NHS Highland and NHS Ayrshire & Arran face “significant financial challenges”, have shortfalls of tens of millions of pounds and may be unable to balance their budgets by 2020/21, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:
“Time and again the Scottish Government has been warned NHS services are so strained eventually their budgets will crack and here is the confirmation in black and white.
“Our hardworking health professionals battle on despite a backdrop of diminished pay, workforce planning failings and limitations on community social care, which stop patients leaving hospital on time. Scottish Liberal Democrats demand better.
“The resources are running out. The Health Secretary can’t afford to look the other way.”