The SNP hid the truth about NHS services before the election, Scottish Labour said today.
Speaking on a campaign visit to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley today, Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said that patients and staff deserved the truth about the future of local services. The call came as Labour publish a dossier of broken SNP promises on NHS services including:
- Maternity services at the Vale of Leven Hospital
- Children’s ward at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley
- Maternity Services at Inverclyde Hospital
- Orthopaedics at Monklands Hospital in Airdrie
- Lightburn Hospital in Glasgow
Later today Dumbarton MSP Jackie Baillie will hold a members’ debate on the future of local services in Scotland.
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said:
“Before the election the SNP were telling us that services were safe. Labour candidates who raised concerns about the future of maternity services at the Vale of Leven or Inverclyde Hospital were accused of scaremongering before the election, now we see that cuts are coming.
The SNP said it was a ‘fantasy’ that cuts would happen to the children’s ward at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley, now we see a downgrade proposed.
The SNP assured voters in Glasgow that Lightburn Hospital was safe. Now it faces closure.
In Lanarkshire, cuts to the Monklands Hospital in Airdrie were only revealed in the days before polling day.
That simply isn’t good enough to tell people one thing before the election and then look the other way when cuts are announced.”