Ro­bi­son re­signs as health sec­re­tary

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DUNDEE MSP Shona Ro­bi­son has re­signed from her role as health sec­re­tary.

The 52-year-old de­scribed it as an “hon­our” and an “im­mense priv­i­lege” to have served in the Scot­tish Govern­ment over the last decade.

Ms Ro­bi­son, who has served as MSP for Dundee East since 2011, had held the role of health sec­re­tary for three and a half years.

In her res­ig­na­tion let­ter to First Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon, she said she had faced a “par­tic­u­larly chal­leng­ing” year in which she had lost both her par­ents and suf­fered a health scare.

Ms Ro­bi­son said: “I feel I have reached a point in my life just now where it would be best to step down from a role in Govern­ment.

“I have en­tered a new chap­ter of my life, in­clud­ing a new re­la­tion­ship, where it would be good to take time to fo­cus on those clos­est to me, who have too of­ten had to come sec­ond place to my job, which has been hard for us all.”

She added: “I am proud to serve the peo­ple of Dundee East and I look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to rep­re­sent them in the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment.”

Ms Ro­bi­son had faced calls to re­sign over the fi­nan­cial crisis at NHS Tay­side. She had also been crit­i­cised for pre­sid­ing over GP short­ages.

She will be re­placed as health sec­re­tary by for­mer so­cial se­cu­rity min­is­ter Jeane Free­man MSP.

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