Labour hypocrisy over Health Board elections

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SNP MSP for the South of Scotland Dr Aileen McLeod has today (Tuesday) highlighted what she has termed Labour’s “breath-taking hypocrisy” following recent statements by local Labour politicians criticising the Scottish Government’s decision not to proceed with elected health boards across Scotland following evaluation of the pilot elections in Fife and Dumfries & Galloway.
Dr McLeod commented:
“If Elaine Murray has always been so opposed to elected Health Boards, I have to ask why she supported the Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Bill when it was approved in Parliament unanimously on 12th March 2009. In fact, she can’t even blame an SNP majority, since it was during the time of the minority SNP Government.

“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.”