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Cole-Hamilton: An NHS crisis on many fronts

May 9, 2018 8:00 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Speaking ahead of two opposition debates on health today, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

"The First Minister gave a legally binding guarantee that people would receive treatment within 12 weeks but it has hardly been worth the paper it was written on. People were promised that there would be redress on the "rare occasions" things go wrong, but now the guarantee is being missed for thousands of patients and there is no sign of a fix.

"Their performance on mental health has been woeful too. The suicide prevention strategy should never have been allowed to expire at the end of 2016. Well over a year later, ministers could only produce a draft that charities described as 'very disappointing'. This does not inspire confidence that they can repair and boost services in Tayside or anywhere else in Scotland.

"The Health Secretary needs to take responsibility for these failings on mental health, suicide prevention and waiting times."