The SNP have a week to stand up for our NHS, Scottish Labour said today, after Stage 2 of the parliamentary process passed without an amended budget for a £100 million NHS Frontline Fund.
Scottish Labour would use Barnett consequentials to establish a £100 million NHS Frontline Fund. The fund would allow hospitals facing extra pressure to have planned surgery at the weekends and diagnostics in the evening. This would free up beds and mean better care for patients and less pressure on hard working NHS staff.
Scottish Labour Finance Spokesperson Jackie Baillie MSP said:
“There is an unrelenting pressure on our NHS and it is patients and staff who are being let down by the Scottish Government.
“Scottish Labour’s plan for a £100 million Frontline Fund is fully costed and would make a real difference on the pressure points to deliver a better deal for staff and patients alike.
“With the Scottish budget still being negotiated there is a huge opportunity to support our NHS at this crucial time of year. Right now the Scottish Government seems determined to ignore that opportunity. The Budget will be finalised in a week -; I hope John Swinney takes that week to realise we must stand up for our NHS in Scotland.”