Scottish Government out of control on NHS Tayside

Mid-Scotland and Fife MSPs, Murdo Fraser and Liz Smith, have launched a scathing attack on Shona Robinson’s handling of the enveloping crisis surrounding NHS Tayside.

The Health Secretary has made the unprecedented step of calling for the resignation of the Board’s Chairman, Prof John Connell, whilst also labelling Chief Executive, Lesley McLay’s position untenable.

Scottish Conservative MSP, Murdo Fraser, has criticised Shona Robison for using NHS Tayside officials as “human shields” to help deflect from her underperformance and there are now serious questions over her future as Health Secretary.

Liz Smith MSP, believes that the latest crisis over endowment funding is the tip of the iceberg and more serious problems surround the operation of misfiring Integrated Joint Boards.

Commenting Murdo Fraser MSP said;

“What little respect NHS officials and staff had for the Health Secretary has surely been lost following this latest bid to save her own skin.

“NHS Tayside is suffering from problems present long before Prof John Connell took charge and it is shameful to see the person in charge of our NHS use officials as human shields to cover up her own underperformance.

“The SNP has lost complete control over our NHS, a service that they have been in charge of for over 11 years, and it’s high time they took responsibility for their own mismanagement.”

Commenting Liz Smith MSP said;

“This latest smokescreen from Shona Robison should be seen for exactly what it is- political spin aimed at deflecting blame from the Scottish Government.

“Issues over the use of endowment funds are incredibly serious, but this could be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to problems at NHS Tayside.

“Across Scotland, NHS Boards are facing similar financial difficulties and the problems at Tayside are not unique. This is particularly true when it comes to the performance of Integrated Joint Boards.

“There are clear structural issues with IJB’s, including a lack of transparency and blurred lines of responsibility.

“Instead of cheaply calling for heads to roll at NHS Tayside, it would be more useful to have a fully independent review of IJB structures as these are clearly not delivering.”

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