Alex Cole-Hamilton: NHS professionals should have freedom to do their jobs

Following the announcement of a review of NHS targets, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

"We know that in some cases, targets can lead to power being taken away from clinicians and getting in the way of the most effective treatments. We all want to see our health services improve but it is far from clear that every target helps boost our NHS. Targets are part of the picture but they must not be the be all and end all.

"We spend years training our doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists and other medical professionals. They are experts in their field and we should give them greater freedom to do their jobs and use their judgement. That should be the focus of this review."

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