Responding to Jeane Freeman’s appearance on BBC GMS this morning, in which she identified waiting times, health and social care integration and the workforce as her key priorities, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:
“NHS staff do a heroic job given the immense financial strain the health service is under.
“The government’s record on long waits and long journeys has been scandalous. It’s good to see the new Health Secretary is aware of the scale of the challenge in front of her. Hopefully she is also attuned to the level of investment and ambition it will require to turn things around.
“Liberal Democrats have been calling for a seismic shift in mental health policy. Putting mental health practitioners in every GP surgery and accident and emergency room in the country would seriously ease the strain on front line services.”