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Labour party business: Health

Scottish Labour health spokesperson Jackie Baillie says the Scottish government's level of complacency over the NHS was "breathtaking", during a Labour led debate on the NHS on 5 December 2012.

Ms Baillie said the health secretary's amendment to her motion "may as well have come from a parallel universe" and highlighted staff reductions and concerns about the the integrity of waiting times.

She asked whether former Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon had known that the problem of manipulating waiting times was widespread

Tayside and Lothian health boards have both been accused of manipulating figures.

Ms Baillie said there were now concerns being expressed about Grampian and Greater Glasgow health boards.

In response, Health Secretary Alex Neil said where there were "systemic problems we will tackle those" going on to say "we have 14 audits of health boards going on" and where there was "fiddling" of waiting time figures appropriate action would be taken.

Mr Neil also said the government had exceeded its waiting times targets with patients waiting less for their first consultation with a hospital doctor than they had in March 2007, with 97.1% of patients being seen within less than the 12 week standard compared to six months under the previous Labour-Lib Dem executive.


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