Labour demand an NHS fit for Fife

© DC ThomsonFife Council leader David Ross.
Fife Council leader David Ross.

Labour has relaunched a campaign demanding an “NHS that’s fit for Fife”.

Members are calling for a health service that is “properly funded, properly staffed and holds public confidence”.

The NHS Fit for Fife Campaign aims to highlight problems facing NHS Fife and propose radical solutions.

The launch follows revelations of a crisis in GP numbers, with only 37 out of a target of 100 people taken on in a recent recruitment drive.

The SNP has failed to meet 13 of its 19 targets and in Fife, 12.6% of consultant posts are unfilled.

Fife Council Labour leader David Ross said politicians had a responsibility to protect the NHS.

“After nearly a decade in charge of Scotland’s health service, the SNP Government’s report card is woeful,” he said.

“Budget cuts forced on our health boards are having a direct impact on patient care and adding to the enormous pressure our hard-working NHS staff are already under.

“Our NHS is in crisis and only Scottish Labour is proposing anything more than sticking plasters.”

Mr Ross said Labour would start by taking the pressure off family doctors, delivering better care for patients by expanding the role of the minor ailments service and provide funding to ensure GPs have time to focus their attention where it is most needed.