Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton today said reducing pressure on the NHS services starts with boosting investment into Scotland’s health services.
Mr Cole-Hamilton was commenting as the British Medical Association warned that Scotland’s NHS does not have sufficient funding over the next five years to provide all the services required without urgent and significant change.
Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:
"NHS staff work enormously hard to keep us healthy but many parts of the health service are at breaking point. We are facing a recruitment crisis in primary care, children are being forced to wait more than a year for mental health treatment and cancer waiting times targets have been missed. The list goes on and on.
"Reducing the pressure on NHS staff and improving services for patients and their families starts with increasing the resources that we are putting into our health service. The BMA are right to say that unless we close the funding gap facing health services we cannot hope to ensure that doctors and nurses get the support they need."