SNP Health Secretary Shona Robison resigns

After a series of scandals and stunning displays of incompetence, Shona Robison has finally resigned as Health Secretary.

Scottish Labour had demanded Robison’s resignation over the Tayside NHS scandal in May, when it was revealed that £6 million had been taken from the charity pot to pay for routine maintenance of the IT system and general expenditure. This then spiralled out of control when it was alleged that other health boards had used similarly ‘creative’ accounting procedures.

This was especially embarrassing for the Health Secretary, as the scandal took place in her own backyard - she is the MSP for Dundee City East. But recent months have unearthed even more incompetence. A failure to get to grips with delayed discharge, or ‘bed blocking’, has cost the Scottish NHS £392 million. Cancer patients are being seen at 10 per cent below the target timeframe, and A&E waiting times have missed their targets for the eighth month in a row.

The resignation of Robison comes after public confidence in the Scottish government fell in the Scottish Social Attitude Survey, with only 37 per cent of voters now trusting the government to ‘make fair decisions’.

Commenting on the survey, Scottish Labour MSP Rhoda Grant said:

“These figures show an increasing desire among people in Scotland for Labour’s vision of real change.

“More people think the standard of living has decreased, satisfaction with the NHS is declining and people are clearly increasingly frustrated with the SNP’s failure to support our teachers and pupils.

“Faith in both the Tory and SNP governments is deteriorating. It is clear people are increasingly tired of austerity, cuts to services and Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon’s politics of division.

“Only Labour offers a message of hope and real change, an end to austerity and a plan to build a society that works for the many, not the few.”

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