Baker slams Government on bed numbers

Richard Baker MSP.
Richard Baker MSP.

North East MSP Richard Baker has criticised the Scottish Government for presiding over a drop in the number of inpatient beds at NHS Grampian during their time in office.

Figures obtained from a parliamentary question submitted by Mr Baker show that in 2007-08 there were 2,798 beds for all specialities compared to only 2,108 during the quarter July 2014 to September 2014, the latest quarter for which information is available.

Commenting, Richard Baker said: “These numbers are hugely worrying and Cabinet Secretaries past and present simply have not accepted responsibility for how they have handled the situation at NHS Grampian.

“We have the lowest funded health board in Scotland and figures like these only stand to highlight the detrimental impact that this is having on the delivery of health services locally.”

“The Scottish Government has failed over the years to provide our health board with the funding it needs to support our excellent health staff. Ministers must right this wrong with some urgency so that under new local leadership NHS Grampian can be taken forward.

“If they refuse to do so, the situation only looks to get worse.”