Following disturbing revelations of poor quality care in some of Scotland’s hospitals and in anticipation of the worst A&E waiting times since 2007, Cabinet Secretary for Health, Alex Neil, has announced a £50million emergency care action plan to deal with the hundreds of patients continuing to wait over 12 hours for emergency care.
Scottish Labour has now shown that this fund is not ‘new’ money. It will be put together by clawing back money already given to health boards and combined with unspent money in other parts of the system.
Local MSP, Jackie Baillie Scottish Labour Health Spokesperson, says:’To find out this initiative doesn’t have a penny of new money but is simply taking money from health boards and from unspent money shows how empty the SNP’s promises are.
‘This is just smoke and mirrors. It’s spin. It doesn’t do anything for hard working nurses and doctors and is nothing more than robbing Peter to pay Paul.
‘To find out that this announcement adds nothing to the health budget, the day after we find out that A&E waiting times are longer than ever, is shocking.’
In fairness to the Scottish Government’s deceiving practice in such sham announcements, the m0st famous Scottish politician for serial indulgence in this sort of stunt was Scottish Labour insider and, briefly, party leader, Wendy Alexander.
Ms Alexander was exposed as reannouncing on multiple occasions funding she had already announced. It wasn’t long before every time she puckered up to say she was ‘announcing’ – you stopped listening because you knew you’d have heard it all before, often.