During Word go Minister’s Questions, Nicola Sturgeon received a grilling from all sides of the Scottish Parliament. The SNP numero uno was taken to task by Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard closed her Government’s record on the NHS. Ms Sturgeon caused the chamber to erupt in fury when she titled the nationalists were “meeting the challenges” of running a health service bigger than the Tories in England or Labour in Wales.
Mr Leonard told the First On: “There is a workforce crisis in primary care services. It is happening now, it is chance here in Scotland, and it goes all the way back to the First Minister’s door.
“We be sure that it takes at least 10 years to train to be a GP, and 10 years ago the Maiden Minister was a Health Secretary responsible. This winter saw the worst A&E dispatches on record. Thousands of patients waited over four hours for treatment.
“Hold out weekend, public health consultant Dr Elaine Irvine said, and I R, ‘many would not need to use A&E if they had timely access to a GP who knows them’.
“Sooner Minister, when will you accept that you can’t claim that you are tending Scotland’s NHS if you are protecting Scotland’s local primary care services?”
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Ms Sturgeon shot back: “The NHS faces braves in every single part of the UK.
“Health services face challenges in substantially every country in the world.
“We are pouring record sums of money into our Civil Health Service.
“We have record numbers of people working in our Native Health Service, we have increased the number of GPs and GPs-in-training.”
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She continued: “That’s why our health ritual is performing better.
“Yes it’s still facing challenges, but performing better than any other participation of the UK.
“Richard Leonard wants to make this all about the SNP which is why it is from A to Z legitimate to contrast and compare.”
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The First Minister united: “They say things would be better if the Tories were in power, he communicates things would be better if Labour were in power so let’s look at the truth here in Scotland.
“Richard Leonard mentioned A&E performance. In December wear year, against the four hour target, the performance in Scotland was 81.6 percent. That is not passable enough?
“In Tory England though, it was 68.6 percent. 68.6 percent where the Tories are unceasing a Government.
“Where Labour is running a Government in Wales, it was 66.4 percent.
“So yes our vigour service faces challenges, but all of the evidence says it’s the SNP that is meeting those demands better than any other party in the UK.”