Rennie tells Robison: "Resign now."

Shona Robison, right, is under fresh pressure to quit
Shona Robison, right, is under fresh pressure to quit
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Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has called on under-fire health secretary Shona Robison to quit.

He used his keynote speech at the Lib Dems conference in Aviemore today to declare that Ms Robison must "carry the can" for a string of problems in the health service. This includes the recent NHS Tayside row over charity cash being used to fund IT systems, instead of frontline care as intended.

Labour leader Richard Leonard also demanded Ms Robison's departure at Holyrood yesterday, but Nicola Sturgeon is backing her long-term friend and political ally.

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Mr Rennie said that when problems emerged over problems at NHS Tayside, the health secretary "went on the hunt for someone to blame".

“A clear symptom of a stale government," he said

“A chairman and chief executive used as human shields for the health secretary.

“How can it be right for the people brought in after the mistakes to carry the can alone for those mistakes?"

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NHS Tayside chair Professor John Connell quit after being urged to do so by Ms Robison following the charity endowment row. Chief executive Lesley McLay has also gone.

Mr Rennie added: "Because of NHS Tayside, because of the shortage of GPs, the failures in social care, failures in A&E, failures in waiting times, failures in mental health, I am fed up with it.

“These failures must mean change must come. We should not expect things to just carry on.

“I don’t often call for resignations. Shona Robison must accept that she is responsible. Change will only come when there is change at the top.

“She must resign. And she must resign now.”