5 Sep 2012
Alex Salmond has moved his deputy and health secretary Nicola Sturgeon to the role of focussing on the separation referendum.
The reshuffle comes at a time when nursing numbers are tumbling, key issues like bed blocking are only getting worse, and many health boards are struggling to hit a range of waiting times targets.
It reaffirms fears that the Scottish Government is placing its independence agenda ahead of more pressing problems facing the country today.
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson MSP said:
“That the health of the nation now plays second fiddle to the break-up of Britain says it all about this SNP administration.
“The First Minister has moved his most trusted lieutenant from one of Scotland’s most critical briefs to pursue his narrow nationalist agenda.
“The sooner the distraction of the referendum is behind us the better, and Alex Salmond can do what he was elected to do which is to serve the best interests of all Scots, and not simply champion those of the separatist minority.
“Such is the SNP’s fear of defeat, we will have two years in which all their efforts will be focussed on separation.
“Meanwhile the number of nurses in hospitals is dwindling, Scotland’s universities are turning away Scottish students and violent criminals are freed early to roam our streets.
“These are the everyday issues which hardworking Scots are worried about, not the SNP’s obsession with ripping Scotland out of the United Kingdom.”