MSP calls for full NHS inquiry

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LABOUR health spokesman and Lothian MSP Neil Findlay has called for a full inquiry into the state of the NHS in Scotland after a survey of nurses revealed patients being cared for in hospital corridors, day rooms, cupboards and storage areas.

He said the findings by the Royal College of Nursing reinforced what MSPs had been telling the SNP Government for over a year.

He said: “Our NHS is struggling to cope with the demands being placed upon it and the cuts to nurses and beds are being felt across Scotland. It’s time for a full inquiry into the state of the NHS in Scotland.”

Mr Findlay added: “Under the SNP nurses have been cut, patients are abandoned on trolleys or treated in cupboards and offices, waiting lists were fiddled and beds have been cut.

“It doesn’t need to be like this. It shouldn’t be like this. The SNP has serious questions to answer about its mismanagement of our health service.”

Health Secretary Alex Neil said the NHS was providing the fastest care and treatment on record to more people 
than ever before to a high standard.