“This is breath-taking hypocrisy. Elaine Murray supported the legislation that set up the pilots to examine the best way to engage communities and patients in the running of their health boards. The Scottish Government evaluated the pilots, as it promised, and concluded that rather than spend £12m rolling out the elections across Scotland there were alternative ways which were better for engaging people and for the money to be invested instead on frontline NHS services.
“Communities and patients should have a voice in the running of health boards so I am particularly surprised that Elaine Murray doesn’t seem to think that’s important. Sooner or later the Labour Party is going to realise that you can’t vote one way at Holyrood and say something else here in Dumfries & Galloway.”