Labour call for NHS to be ‘Fit for Fife’

Labour in Fife launches its 'Fit for Fife' NHS campaign. Pic by George McLuskie
Labour in Fife launches its 'Fit for Fife' NHS campaign. Pic by George McLuskie

Fife Labour has launched its new campaign, ‘Fit for Fife’ calling for action to tackle the growing problems in Fife’s NHS.

The campaign, launched at Buckhaven’s Randolph Wemyss Memorial Hospital on Saturday, is in response to growing reports of bed shortages, increasing waiting times and under-staffing.

Fife Labour is calling on the public to sign a petition urging the Scottish Government to launch an independent review of the NHS in Fife.

Melanie Ward, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Glenrothes and Central Fife, said: “Hard-pressed nursing staff report being overloaded whilst patients say their treatment is suffering because of staff shortages.

“As winter approaches, our precious NHS will be under even more strain. The Scottish Government must stop burying its head in the sand and act now to deliver change and an NHS that is Fit For Fife.”

Claire Baker MSP added: “Whilst I know our doctors and nurses are working flat out to provide the best care that they can, all too often the resources aren’t there to support them.”

Dr Brian Montgomery, chief executive of NHS Fife, acknowledged the pressures faced by NHS Fife due to increased demand for health and social care services. He said: “NHS Fife’s priority is to provide a safe environment for its staff and patients and to deliver care of the highest standards.”

He added that NHS in isolation could not resolve the situation, but would continue working with Fife Council to strengthen services.