NHS Lothian fails performance standards

Audit Scotland’s damning report into the SNP’s mismanagement of the NHS shows that the future of our health service is threatened under Nicola Sturgeon. The watchdog report found: The financial standing of health boards “is not sustainable” Nicola Sturgeon cut the...

NHS Treatment Time Law Broken

A flagship SNP waiting time law has been broken more than 27,000 times in the Lothian region since it was introduced. In 2012 the SNP introduced the Treatment Time Guarantee, which gave patients a legal right to treatment within 12 weeks for conditions such as knee...

NHS Lothian in crisis – Robison must go

The scale of the crisis in NHS Lothian has been laid bare today with the publication of a series of damning new reports. With NHS Lothian facing a funding gap of £31million, Kezia Dugdale said SNP Health Secretary Shona Robison must resign. The official NHS data...

Benefits for the terminally ill

Next week, MSPs will vote on a law that will create a new social security system in Scotland. The devolution of welfare powers delivers on a promise made in the run-up to the independence referendum in 2014. It will allow MSPs to build a welfare system with fairness...

Health Secretary must tackle NHS Lothian crisis

More than 10,000 days were spent in Lothian hospitals by people whose discharge was delayed in February, new figures have revealed. The number of occupied bed days far outstripped any other health board, making up more than a quarter of Scotland’s total, and was the...

ERI crisis continues

NEARLY 30 per cent of A&E patients were not seen within the target four hours at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary in the first week of March. Official figures show the department recorded by far the worst performance of any in Scotland in the week ending March 4....