The Scottish Conservatives have renewed their call for the resignation of Health Secretary Jeanne Freeman after her escalation of the entirety of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to the highest level of special measures and desperate reshuffle of NHS chairs.
Today Ms Freeman informed MSPs that NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde would be escalated as a whole to Stage 4 of the NHS Board Performance Escalation Framework.
This follows Ms Freeman’s decision in November to impose a stage 4 escalation on the areas of the board relating to infection prevention, management and control at the QEUH and the Royal Hospital for Children.
As a result of this increased intervention, Ms Freeman has appointed a new “Turnaround Director” to lead the changes.
The Health Secretary has also made changes to senior management at NHS Highland and NHS Orkney.
Miles Briggs, Scottish Conservative shadow health secretary said;
“Ms Freeman’s desperate attempt to reshuffle her way out of an NHS crisis shows just how out of ideas she is.
“Half of our health boards are now in special measures and shifting personnel around will not address the widespread and systemic issues that health boards have long been dealing with.
“The Sick Kids hospital in Edinburgh still hasn’t opened, and the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital continues to deal with the repercussions of the recent scandals involving infections and contamination.
“The SNP’s catastrophic mismanagement of these projects and the wider health service are all on display.
“Ms Freeman demonstrated a profound lack of judgement when she kept details of a deceased child secret, she continues to demonstrate that same lack of judgement if this is the best she can do.
“She should now resign and let someone else try to improve our NHS for the benefit of patients and the extremely hardworking NHS staff doing their best in this broken system.”