12 January 2017Nicola Sturgeon was today accused of only delivering broken promises on the NHS
Yesterday, Nicola Sturgeon announced a three year delay in the opening of major new trauma centres.
The SNP previously promised the four trauma centres would be operational by 2016.
In recent weeks Labour has exposed the scale of the crisis in Scotland's NHS:
- Almost 700 patients died while waiting to be discharged from hospital
- Thousands of cancer patients didn't receive treatment within the government's waiting time target
- An average of 21 NHS operations were cancelled every day in 2016 because of a lack of capacity or resources
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said:
"Earlier this year I met with consultants and surgeons at the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
"They told me that a new trauma centre could be the difference between life and death for people in the North East.
"Whether it's someone in a serious car crash or an accident on the oil rigs, having access to world class trauma care could be a life saver. The SNP's three year delay could cost lives.
"People in the North East were promised new trauma centres, but they are years behind schedule.
"The SNP promised to abolish delayed discharge, but since then almost 700 people died waiting to leave hospital.
"Nicola Sturgeon used to crusade against injustice, but now she pats herself on the back because the Red Cross hasn’t yet declared Scotland's NHS a humanitarian crisis.
"Targets are being missed and dedicated health service staff are telling us they are under pressure like never before.
"The only consistent thing the SNP delivers is broken promises on our NHS."
The SNP claimed the four bases would be operational from 2016
A Scottish Government news release of 2nd. April 2014 stated :
"The four bases, which will be operational from 2016, will offer lifesaving treatment to around 1200 patients per year.
"By speeding up access to specialist care and treatment, the changes could save up to 40 lives each year.
"The centres will be located at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, and the new Southern General Hospital in Glasgow.
"The four bases, which will be operational from 2016, will offer lifesaving treatment to around 1200 patients per year."
Source : http://news.gov.scot/news/major-trauma-network
But yesterday Nicola Sturgeon admitted that the project has now been delayed by at least three years.