Health complaints on the rise in Fife

Claire Baker MSP
Claire Baker MSP

THE Scottish Government is being called on to “get to grips” with the NHS as hospital complaints soar across the Fife Health Board.

Latest statistics have shown that the number of complaints received by the board have reached their highest level since 1997.

Nationally, Hospital and Community Health Service complaints has seen a 15 per cent rise in the last year alone.

Area MSP Claire Baker told the Mail that Scottish Government cut-backs were not helping the NHS meet the expected patient standards.

She added: “We have a state of the art hospital in Kirkcaldy, yet week after week we learn of growing concerns over patient care.

“At the same time we are hearing about examples of patients’ suffering indignity we are seeing a decreasing number of nurses, this is no coincidence.

“With £190 million being cut over the next three years and with the SNP moving Nicola Sturgeon away from health to focus on the referendum it is becoming clear that they are taking their eye off the ball and showing where their real priorities lie.”