NHS bosses do not make Government policy – Sturgeon

pa ready, nicola sturgeon, government policy, douglas ross, scottish government, first minister, government, scotland, health secretary, nhs bosses do not make government policy – sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon said it is not for NHS leaders to make Government policy (PA) (PA Wire)

NHS leaders do not make Scottish Government policy, Nicola Sturgeon said as she was questioned on reports suggesting discussion of a “two-tier” health service.

On Monday, the BBC reported NHS managers had met in October to examine ideas for reforming a health service in crisis.

One of the ideas put forward was to “design a two-tier system where the people who can afford to, go private”.

The report sparked outrage, but the Scottish Government – including First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Health Secretary Humza Yousaf – were quick to deny there is any plan for such a system.

NHS leaders, however much respect I have for them… do not make Government policy

Nicola Sturgeon

During First Minister’s Questions on Thursday, Ms Sturgeon reiterated her stance, saying: “None of these ideas that would have any impact on the founding principles of the National Health Service are being discussed or remotely considered by this Government, this can’t be clearer.”

Under questioning from Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross, she added: “NHS leaders, however much respect I have for them – and I have considerable respect for them, do not make Government policy, the Government makes Government policy.

“The founding principles of the National Health Service – that this Government has done more than any to protect and to enhance – are not and, as long as I’m First Minister, never will be up for discussion.”

She went on to say NHS leaders “can discuss what they want”.

Mr Ross said the First Minister is in “denial” about the state of the health service.

“Nurses are on strike for the first time ever, we have waiting times at record highs, people can’t see their GPs and health chiefs are warning of a two-tier system in our NHS,” he said.

“It is quite clear that the First Minister is in complete denial about how her Health Secretary is handling the NHS crisis, in denial about the scale of privatisation in the health service that she oversees, and in denial about Humza Yousaf’s two-tier system that has already become the norm in Scotland.”

Mr Ross quoted figures claiming an 84% rise in the use of private healthcare since the pandemic, higher than in England or Wales.

The First Minister also defended Mr Yousaf after the minutes of the NHS meeting said the Health Secretary is “divorced from reality”.

When asked if the NHS leaders are right, Ms Sturgeon said they are not.

Meanwhile, Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar said Scotland already has a two-tier health system, as figures showed more than 39,000 patients underwent private procedures in the past year.

The figures include thousands of hip and knee surgeries, costing an average of £12,500 per patient.

Mr Sarwar said: “The number of people now paying for treatment without health insurance has increased by 72%.

“Often these are people who are forced to borrow money, turn to family and friends, or even remortgage their home to get healthcare that should be free at the point of need.

“Let’s look at the facts – almost 2,000 people have gone for private treatment for endoscopies and colonoscopies – privately these treatments cost an average of £1,995.

“Over 7,800 have gone private for a cataract surgery – average cost £2,660 – and a staggering 3,500 people have had a hip or knee replacement in a private hospital – average cost £12,500.

“These figures make clear that under the SNP, healthcare in Scotland is already a two-tier system.”

Ms Sturgeon said she does “not accept that there was a two-tier health system in Scotland”.

The First Minister also said Mr Sarwar failed to take into consideration the cancellation of treatment because of the Covid pandemic.

She said: “The one thing that was missing completely from Anas Sarwar’s question there, of course, was reference to a global pandemic that caused the cancellation and the pausing of elected services in our NHS for a considerable period of time.

“That’s why we’ve seen an increase in those figures in recent years, but these figures remain significantly below the comparable figures in England and in Wales.”

News Related


20 years ago, Steven Soderbergh made a dark sci-fi remake — and conquered the genre

20 years ago, Steven Soderbergh made a dark sci-fi remake — and conquered the genre In 2002, Steven Soderbergh was coming off an amazing run. He had just won Best ... Read more »

Ringo Starr Changed Drumming Forever With The Beatles, According to a Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Ringo Starr remains one of the most famous drummers of all time decades after The Beatles broke up. Even though he got replaced more than once when he struggled to ... Read more »

Frontier Airlines has replaced its telephone customer service line with online chat to cut costs

Frontier is replacing its phone line with an online chat system. Taylor Rains/Inside Frontier Airlines has scrapped its telephone customer service line. The airline has switched to chat to give ... Read more »

Texas high school football playoff scores for Friday, Nov. 25

Texas high school football playoff scores for Friday, Nov. 25 AUSTIN (KXAN) – The day after Thanksgiving means the playoff field is shrinking and only the best are left in ... Read more »

Irene Cara, 'Fame' and 'Flashdance... What a Feeling' Singer, Dead at 63

Irene Cara, ‘Fame’ and ‘Flashdance… What a Feeling’ Singer, Dead at 63 Irene Cara, the iconic ’80s singer-actress best known for the soundtrack smashes “Fame” and “Flashdance… What a Feeling,” ... Read more »

United Furniture fires thousands by text days before Thanksgiving

Former employee of Mississippi-based furniture company says 'that rocks your world when something like that happens' Read more »

Wednesday: Netflix’s Addams Family series sets surprising Rotten Tomatoes milestone

Netflix’s new Addams Family adaptation Wednesday has set an unlikely milestone on Rotten Tomatoes. The series stars Jenna Ortega (X) as Wednesday Addams, based on the character first created by ... Read more »

Belgium’s best is behind them but enough magic remains for one last shot at World Cup glory

(Getty Images) It is the last chance for Belgium’s golden generation, but not their best chance. Not according to their captain, anyway. Belgium have spent much of the period since ... Read more »

Sources: Michigan's Blake Corum to attempt to play vs. Ohio State

Sources: Michigan's Blake Corum to attempt to play vs. Ohio State Michigan star tailback Blake Corum is expected to attempt to play against Ohio State on Saturday, sources told ESPN, as an ... Read more »

France vs Denmark LIVE: World Cup 2022 team news and line-ups as Raphael Varane starts

✕ Close Eriksen ‘one of the best I’ve ever seen’ – Denmark captain Kjaer France continue their World Cup 2022 campaign as they face Denmark in Group D this afternoon. ... Read more »

How Liquid Death's 40-Year-Old Founder Turned ‘the Dumbest Name' and a Facebook Post Into a $700 Million Water Brand

Let’s face it: Water is boring. Sure, it’s essential to your health and few beverages can be more crisp or refreshing, but most bottled water brands are fairly bland and ... Read more »

Ivan Perisic 'cannot wait' to get stuck into John Herdman's Canada after the Maple Leafs' boss told his players to 'F' Croatia... as Zlatko Dalic calls for greater respect for his side who are 'second in the world'

Croatia boss Zlatko Dalic wants his side to be shown more respect by opponentsIvan Perisic was quick to echo his manager's comments ahead of the fixture It comes after Herdman told his players to 'F' Croatia in their next group game Both Croatia and Canada will be looking for their first wins of the competitionFor all the information that you will need ahead of the Group F clash click HERE And for all the latest updates from Qatar follow Sportsmail's LIVE World Cup blogClick here for the latest World Cup 2022 news, fixtures, live action and results Read more »

Saudi Arabia's players pay tribute to team-mate Yasser Al-Shahrani by holding up his shirt before World Cup clash with Poland after he underwent emergency surgery following a horror collision with his own keeper in win over Argentina

Saudi Arabia's players pay tribute to their team-mate Yasser Al-ShahraniThe starting XI held up Al-Shahrani shirt before facing Poland in the World Cup Al-Shahrani, 30, underwent emergency surgery in Riyadh on Wednesday following a sickening collision with his own goalkeeperIt was a thunderous collision between the pair which caused concernThe moment came in Saudi Arabia's famous 2-1 win over Argentina this weekLIVE BLOG: Follow the action for Saudi Arabia's World Cup match with PolandFollow Sportsmail's live blog for all the latest World Cup news hereClick here for the latest World Cup 2022 news, fixtures, live action and results Read more »

Cristiano Ronaldo 'takes Portugal team-mates out for dinner and foots the bill' as he puts Manchester United drama behind him to focus on his country's next match - 'though team-mates Bernardo Silva, Joao Cancelo and Jose Sa are absent'

Cristiano Ronaldo took his Portugal team-mates out for dinner in DohaHis former Man United team-mates Bruno Fernandes and Diogo Dalot attended Some players including Bernardo Silva decided to spend time with their families Click here for all the latest World Cup news and updates on our live blog Click here for the latest World Cup 2022 news, fixtures, live action and results Read more »

ITV I'm A Celebrity fans ponder if show was 'pre recorded' as Mike mentions the late Queen for the first time

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here viewers were left considering if the show was ‘pre-recorded’ due to apparent errors made by Seann Walsh and Mike Tindall. Another jam-packed ... Read more »

Safety improvements urged for Highway 7 east of Peterborough after string of fatalities

A petition that’s garnered more than 2,000 signatures is calling for  increased safety measures to be implemented on Highway 7 near Drummond Line  after a  pair of collisions claimed the ... Read more »

Yep, rats can move in under your hood. Here's how to protect your car and avoid a huge repair bill

A Norway rat (Rattus norvegicus). Wolfram Steinberg/Getty Images Rats are taking refuge in cars, chewing through wires and leaving owners with big repair bills. One expert says pet owners may ... Read more »

The DOJ's Mar-a-Lago case is a 'far more immediate threat' to Trump: legal expert

Donald Trump (Photo via Shutterstock) During an appearance on MSNBC’s “The Katie Phang Show” early Saturday, former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance said Donald Trump appears to have suffered two major ... Read more »

Ischia: Landslide tears through Italian holiday destination

Italy.jpg A landslide ripped through the Italian holiday island of Ischia, on Saturday. Officials reported that heavy rain on the island had engulfed buildings and overturned cars. Previously, infrastructure minister ... Read more »

How Jared Kushner's Dad Really Got So Rich

Jared Kushner smiling Jared Kushner may have become a household name because of his relationship with Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, but it turns out the businessman had plenty going ... Read more »

Oscar winning Flashdance and Fame singer Irene Cara dies aged 63

Singer/songwriter Irene Cara (Barry King/Alamy/PA) Oscar and Grammy winning musician Irene Cara has died at the age of 63, her publicist has said. Cara was best known for singing and ... Read more »

Wales vs Australia LIVE rugby: Latest score and updates from autumn international in Cardiff

(Getty Images) Wales take on Australia this afternoon looking to salvage some pride from their autumn international campaign after a shock loss to Georgia last week, although their opponents have ... Read more »

NHS forced to spend £180m a year on ‘pointless’ visa charges

NHS forced to pay Home Offices millions of pounds in fees to recruit overseas amid workforce shortage (PA) (PA Wire) The NHS is forced by the government to spend £180m ... Read more »

Luis Enrique warns Spain not to underestimate Germany in crucial World Cup clash

Luis Enrique warned overconfidence could cause Spain’s downfall when they face Germany in their second Group E clash on Sunday. Spain dominated their opening contest, trouncing Costa Rica 7-0 with ... Read more »

Actress Irene Cara dead at 63

Her publicist confirmed the death announcement Saturday was genuine both in a note on the singer's website and on Twitter. Read more »

2 Killed, 2 Wounded in Shooting at West Pullman Gathering

Two people were killed and two others wounded after a gunman opened fire on a gathering in West Pullman on the Far South Side, police said. The four were among ... Read more »

Residents of This State Have the Highest Average Credit Score—See How You Compare

Earning a high credit score isn’t just a matter of bragging rights. Because it’s a number that tells creditors how to assess your ability to pay them back, the higher ... Read more »

Piotr Zieliński Scores Poland's First Goal at 2022 World Cup

Zieliński used an assist from Robert Lewandowski to put Poland on the board against Saudi Arabia Read more »

U.S. Expands Bans of Chinese Security Cameras, Network Equipment

U.S. Expands Bans of Chinese Security Cameras, Network Equipment The Federal Communications Commission voted 4-0 to ban sales of new telecom and surveillance equipment made by several Chinese companies, arguing ... Read more »

The cut-off village a stone's throw from Hampshire with incredible views of Chichester Harbour

In Hampshire there is no shortage of idyllic villages to visit. From Wickham, with its ancient market square, to Milford on Sea, with its views over the coast, an array ... Read more »

Video: Massive fire breaks out in Qatar World Cup city near fan village as plume of black smoke rises into the sky 

Read more »

Everything you need to know about the train strikes this weekend

Train drivers are on strike today A tiny number of train services will be passing through Manchester today while train drivers walk out over pay. Members of the train drivers’ ... Read more »

Rescuers desperately try to save survivors after up to 12 are killed as terrifying landslide engulfs buildings and sweeps cars into the sea during heavy rain on Italian island

Torrential rainfall on the small Italian island of Ischia has triggered massive landslides, collapsing buildingsEmergency services are rushing to save residents who have become trapped in buildings and mudslides More than 100 people are still stranded and at least 12 are missing, as officials are unclear if anyone has diedOne Italian minister said there had been no confirmed deaths, while another said eight people had died  Read more »

American spends £1.3k to fly 3,500 miles for date with Brit- who takes her to Wetherspoons

An American woman who fell in love with a British man flew 3,500 miles from New York to Manchester for him to take her to Wetherspoons for their first date. ... Read more »

A Black boating tradition on the Chesapeake ran into racism — then tragedy

A Black boating tradition on the Chesapeake ran into racism — then tragedy On March 4, 1977, Capt. Thompson Wallace maneuvered his skipjack, the Claud W. Somers, out of a ... Read more »

Costa Rica possible starting lineup for game 2 of the group stage vs Japan

Costa Rica were annihilated by Spain in their 2022 Qatar World Cup opening game, and will be anxious to do a much better job in their match against Japan. Costa ... Read more »

James Maddison back in England training ahead of final World Cup group match with Wales

(Getty Images) James Maddison returned to England football team training on Saturday following rehabilitation on a knee injury. The 26-year-old was unavailable for the 6-2 win against Iran and 0-0 ... Read more »

Mushroom foraging on the rise amid cost of living crisis

Mushroom Mushroom foraging is on the rise amid the cost of living crisis, leading wildlife experts to caution the public not to rip up the fungi. One of England’s leading ... Read more »

Five men jailed following murder of innocent Imani Allaway-Muir, 22, in Islington

A group of men have been jailed for fatally shooting a young man in broad daylight near a children’s playground in revenge for a robbery they mistakenly thought he had ... Read more »

Prince Harry's memoir being given away for FREE in new Amazon deal months before release

Prince Harry’s tell-all autobiography is available on Amazon for free as part of a Black Friday deal – two months before the explosive book was set to hit shelves in ... Read more »
Breaking thailand news, thai news, thailand news Verified News Story Network