MSPs in NHS spat

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Mur­ray Spooner

Ruther­glen MSP Clare Haughey has slammed Tory leader Ruth David­son for mis­rep­re­sent­ing the work the SNP do to im­prove the NHS in Scot­land.

Her com­ments come fol­low­ing Jan­uary 12 first min­is­ter’s ques­tions when Ms David­son got her facts “wrong”,“in­cor­rectly” claim­ing that teams from NHS Eng­land are work­ing in hos­pi­tals in Scot­land.

She went on to claim par­lia­ment had no op­por­tu­nity to ques­tion min­is­ters over the trauma cen­tre an­nounce­ment.

Ms David­son is said to also have con­fused £200 mil­lion in­vest­ment in five new elec­tive health cen­tres with the devel­op­ment of four ma­jor trauma cen­tres.

Ms Haughey said:“Ruth David­son’s per­for­mances at FMQs get worse and worse by the week – and it’s clear she’s not done her home­work, or even read the news. Ms David­son did noth­ing but mis­rep­re­sent the work we are do­ing to im­prove Scot­land’s NHS with re­peat­edly in­ac­cu­rate and in­cor­rect claims.

“Ruth David­son talked ab­so­lute non­sense when she claimed a team from NHS Eng­land had been tasked with im­prov­ing per­for­mance at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, when in fact the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment has put in place a sup­port team to help the QEUH dur­ing a chal­leng­ing time.

“The Tories took a widely wel­comed an­nounce­ment on a new trauma net­work, flipped it on its head, con­fused it with our in­vest­ment in elec­tive cen­tres, and claimed it was a bad thing.”

In re­sponse to Ms Haughey’s com­ments, the Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tives hit back, brand­ing her meth­ods‘em­bar­rass­ing’ and in­sist­ing Ms David­son made no men­tion of elec­tive cen­tres.

A spokesman said: “Clare Haughey need only read the day’s pa­pers to see who peo­ple be­lieve on this mat­ter. It’s em­bar­rass­ing that she’s at­tempt­ing to de­fend her party’s shocking record on the NHS in this way.”

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