SNP must 'get a grip' on NHS to avoid collapse in healthcare quality, report says

NHS waiting times in Scotland have “deteriorated” in recent years at the same time as the SNP presided over a real-terms cut in the health budget, according to a damning report by the public spending watchdog.

Tighter budgets, increasing cardiology demand and rising costs mean the Scottish Government must make “fundamental changes” to its approach to the NHS immediately to avoid a collapse in the quality of healthcare, Audit Scotland warned.

Opposition politicians said the “stark” findings were a sign that the SNP needed to “get a grip” on the NHS, but ministers said they had a “clear vision” for the future of Scotland’s health service and that reforms were cardiology already on the way to being delivered.
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