19 February 2020

The Scottish Parliament has voted in favour of Scottish Labour’s call for an end to secrecy in the NHS.

Scottish Labour highlighted serious concerns over the governance, leadership, performance and financial sustainability of Scotland’s NHS.

Among the concerns raised were the fact that over 60 per cent of Scots now live within health boards that are in special measures and the ongoing scandals at both the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow and the Sick Kids Hospital in Edinburgh.

The parliament voted 62-58 in favour of Scottish Labour’s motion.

Scottish Labour Health Spokesperson Monica Lennon said:

“Governance issues and resource pressures in our NHS are unprecedented, putting our most precious public service in jeopardy.

“This deserves the full attention of Parliament, because we all rely on the NHS and we are all grateful to the hardworking NHS staff who keep the service running.

“However, many issues in our health service have only come to light thanks to the tenacity of whistleblowers, patients and journalists, who have been asking the hard questions.

“We need an end to secrecy – and Ministers must urgently recognise the will of Parliament and act with more transparency.”
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