Scottish Daily Mail

Minister in ‘hypocrisy’ claim


A NATIONALIS­T minister has been accused of ‘shameless hypocrisy’ after accusing opponents of ‘playing politics with the NHS’.

Humza Yousaf made the claim on the BBC’s Question Time amid criticism of the Scottish Government’s dismal waiting time targets.

His comments come despite SNP scaremonge­ring last year that the NHS could be privatised by Westminste­r in the event of a No vote in the independen­ce referendum.

The Scottish Government has previously denied accusation­s of failing to pass on all available NHS funding, but on Question Time Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson said: ‘Not all of the money that has come up to Scotland has been passed to the health service.’

Mr Yousaf, Internatio­nal Developmen­t Minister, said: ‘People are tired of politician­s playing politics with the NHS. The job is not done, but progress has been made.’

However, Tory MSP Alex Johnstone said: ‘This supposed new SNP attitude is unrecognis­able from a few months ago. Politicall­y, as it sought to break up the UK, the NHS was the only game in town for the Yes camp. It’s shameless hypocrisy to suggest otherwise.’

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