Too lit­tle, too late

Scottish Daily Mail - - The Brexmas Election -

WITH each pass­ing day, it be­comes painfully clear that the SNP gov­ern­ment is los­ing con­trol of the NHS.

Health Sec­re­tary Jeane Freeman made clear yes­ter­day that she had no con­fi­dence in health board chiefs in Glas­gow af­ter two child pa­tients died amid con­cern over a pos­si­ble link with con­tam­i­nated tap wa­ter.

Now, in another as­ton­ish­ing ad­mis­sion, we learn that up to 150 chil­dren at the Queen El­iz­a­beth Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal in Glas­gow may have been af­fected by tainted wa­ter.

It is a dis­grace­ful episode that has been char­ac­terised by ob­fus­ca­tion and down­right se­crecy at ev­ery turn.

Miss Stur­geon’s gov­ern­ment has been a highly se­cre­tive op­er­a­tion from day one. It was only the dogged work of news­pa­per jour­nal­ists that suc­ceeded in drag­ging the truth about this con­tro­versy out of the NHS and the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment.

It will take more than a min­is­te­rial apol­ogy to re­store pub­lic trust in the Gov­ern­ment’s abil­ity to run our hos­pi­tals.

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