Thursday, February 28, 2013

Scotland’s unpopular Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon gets nailed to the wall over ignoring 'warning bells' about NHS waiting times, George Laird right again about the disgraceful lack of talent in SNP

Dear All

Just the facts ma’am just the facts!

You may if you’re a film buff recognize the quote from Diehard 2, Bruce Willis, Franco Nero and William Sadler!

I amended it, just in case I am nabbed for being inaccurate by the quotation Polizei.

It seems that Scotland’s unpopular Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon ignored “warning bells” about how health boards were meeting her waiting times targets.

This is according to the Auditor General for Scotland.

So, after failing at one task, Alex Salmond moved her to be the ‘face of independence’, and as we currently see by poll after poll, she is failing that task too!

Time for a quote by Alex Salmond:

“My problem is that I have too many talented people and not enough Cabinet positions”!

Maybe in future, he should removed the word ‘talented’ and replace with ‘ass licking cronies’, call me visionary!

Anyway, back to the disaster of health under the SNP Government, Caroline Gardner told MSPs that the former Health Minister Nicola Sturgeon should have investigated why the proportion of patients marked as "socially unavailable" for treatment had risen from 11 per cent to more than 30 per cent.

Seems that the eye for detail isn’t there and it should be.

Instead of making the health service work better, we had a spin operation to make Ms Sturgeon look good and paint the NHS as a flagship policy.

As well as having a pop at Ms. Sturgeon, Ms Gardner appears to contradict Alex Salmond’s claim the problem was caused by NHS computer systems. This was the line parroted out by SNP list MSP Bob Doris who trotted out the scripted line in front of Gordon Brewer, who then nailed his ass to the ceiling.

Bob’s not one of life’s great thinkers, a dull man of limited potential which he eagerly shows it off, a human sandbag to take the Political hits, a patsy, a provincial man, a man of the land, you know ……. a moron!

By contrast, Jackie Baillie during the same interview was calm and collected, however Bob has learned to stop waving his arms about, progress, limited, but credit where credit is due.

Still got politically ass raped on Newsnight Scotland tho, but he didn’t wave his arms about!

The decline in standards prompted me some time ago to state on this blog that Alex Salmond needed to send SNP Ministers back to their desks; sackings are needed in the SNP Cabinet. Unfortunately, Salmond is so short of talent, there is slim pickens sitting behind him.

Audit Scotland first raised concerns about patients being classified unavailable in 2010, so why didn’t Nicola Sturgeon do something?

Did she realise that a house built on spin can’t stand up to facts?

Opposition parties said Audit Scotland’s evidence showed Scottish ministers have questions to answer about the management of waiting lists.

On the shop floor, GPs have claimed patient care was being compromised by politically motivated targets.

And just to mention, the case of Anne Fisher who needs the drug, Ipilimumab highlights another aspect of the failure of Nicola Sturgeon.

But less we forget, Ms. Sturgeon and her husband the SNP Chief Executive Peter Murrell have to cope with a joint income of £200k.

And that’s pressure, because what do you spend it on?

Anne Fisher and her family don’t seem that important to Ms. Sturgeon and her husband, and the Swiss Family Sturgeon aren’t known for sticking up for working class people.

Speaking after Ms Gardner’s evidence, Tavish Scott, a committee member, said:

“The Auditor General made clear that the warning signs were there but the government didn’t listen. We only found this out because of an NHS Lothian whistleblower. That in itself is a scandal. The government hid the fiddle.”

Jackie Baillie, Scottish Labour health spokesman, added:

“Caroline Gardner also blew a hole in the most recent waiting times "success". Even after the waiting times scandal, the most recent statistics, published just this week, can't be relied upon.”

The SNP mantra is that in an independent Scotland, ‘we can make it whatever we want it to be’!

Well this SNP Government stinks in this term, its Ministers need a rocket up their arse and need to get more personally involved in their work.

The ‘cult of personality’ which Alex Salmond is using is now so toxic; I think it won’t be long before he is dubbed ‘Chemical Ally’.

As to Ms Sturgeon, a real leader would step up to the plate and go back and fix the health service, it’s about integrity, it’s about character, failing that there is always the £200k to spend as a Champagne Socialist.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

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