SNP minister who supported PFI as New Labour adviser blames current crisis on Labour MSPs
An SNP minister who supported PFI whilst working as a New Labour adviser in 2001 has been reminded of her record after attempting to avoid responsibility for current scandals.
Health secretary Jeane Freeman attempted to absolve the Scottish Government of responsibility after Scots hospital workers revealed fears of wage loss as part of a "shake up" by the private contractor who employs them to work in an NHS hospital
Freeman was responding to a tweet from Scottish Labour's Monica Lennon calling for action over fears expressed by workers that they could be left out of pocket because of a planned shake up by the private contractor ISS who employ the facilities management staff at the hospital.
Lennon reminded the Cabinet Secretary that she had more influence on the Labour government which signed the contract than most Labour politicians today did.
In a letter released from 2001 when Freeman worked as a senior Labour adviser, it was revealed she actively advocated for the contracts she now says Labour fail to take enough responsibility for in 2019.
In comments to the press on the issue, the SNP minister has insisted that she was only implementing government policy at the time.
A Labour insider told The Red Robin: "Jeane Freeman is a charlatan.
“She was a New Labour special advisor who signed up council after council to PFI deals but is now apparently staunchly against them.
“She’d say anything to advance her political career.”
Freeman confirmed that the current problems facing ISS facilities management employees at Hairmyres Hospital was "already in hand".