Health Secretary To Face Workers At NHS Scotland Event


By Shaun Milne

SCOTLAND’S Health Secretary will deliver the opening address at a major NHS conference taking place next week.

Nicola Sturgeon will attend NHS Scotland event at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on Monday where she is expected to unveil details of a new online facility for health staff and praise key achievement by the service across the country.

She will also focus part of her speech on improving safety and quality for patients and work on reducing waiting times.

Her appearance comes just days after she announced that almost 4000 jobs could go in the NHS this year as part of major cost savings.

The decision saw rivals unveil a new campaign slogan – More Nats Fewer Nurses and accuse the SNP administration of “hurting” Scotland’s NHS.

However Ms Sturgeon said the move to lose 3790 workers, including 1523 nursing and midwifery jobs, was still subject to negotiations with unions.