Following the news that the number of regional health boards could be reduced from 14 to 3 or 5 I decided to press the Scottish Government to reveal its plans.
In my capacity as health spokesperson I quizzed the Scottish Government about the rumours which recently surfaced.
There has already been stiff opposition to any such proposal, with Reform Scotland saying it is “the wrong direction of travel”.
The Government need to be open and transparent about what its plans really are for our local NHS boards - we haven’t seen a scrap of evidence as to what has prompted this potential shake up.
People need to understand why the SNP are even considering this top-down re-organisation and will rightly be suspicious that the plan is to place more power in the hands of ministers at Holyrood.
We haven’t seen a scrap of evidence as to what has prompted this potential shake up
The SNP’s track record on centralisation is clear to see. Our police, colleges and local authorities have all suffered as a result of their interfering and concentrating more power at the centre of government.
Ministers need to be clear what they are wanting to achieve as the NHS cannot afford disruption on this scale.