26 June 2019

One year on from Jeane Freeman’s appointment as Health Secretary, the NHS’ performance has worsened, Scottish Labour can reveal.

Despite being lauded as a steady hand to reverse the decline brought about by her predecessor, patients are not getting the care they need under Freeman.

Key waiting times are being missed and vacancies are growing inside the already strained NHS.

Scotland’s NHS under Jeane Freeman:

- Accident & Emergency waiting time target missed every month of Freeman’s tenure.

- Cancer treatment waiting times worsened.

- Chronic pain treatment times worsened.

- Musculoskeletal waiting times worsened.

- SNP’s Treatment Time Guarantee is being broken more often.

- Vacancies for consultants and nurses growing.

Scottish Labour’s Shadow Secretary for Health, Monica Lennon MSP, said:

“Despite all the hype around Jeane Freeman’s appointment, Scotland’s NHS is going backwards during her first year in charge of Scotland’s health service.

“Staff are overworked and patients are not getting the care they deserve.

“It is time for the Health Secretary to stop the spin and listen to NHS staff and people across Scotland who urgently want our health and social care services to be properly resourced.”
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