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Scotland NHS cuts 'unacceptable' says Labour

Published on 03/06/2010
Plans by the Scottish government to cut NHS jobs have come under fire from Labour, which claims they will affect frontline services.

Now the party is calling on the government to reveal full details of the cuts for all Scottish health boards.

"You simply cannot remove thousands of doctors, nurses and midwives from the NHS without damaging standards of care," said Labour health spokeswoman Jackie Baillie.

"Labour believes these cuts are unacceptable and we will campaign relentlessly to defend the NHS."

The call comes after Scotland's largest health board, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, confirmed plans to cut 1,252 staff by 2013.

Labour said that over half of the jobs axed would be nursing posts.

In addition, another 700 are likely to go in Lothian, NHS Tayside is looking to lose about 500 posts, 100 jobs could be cut in by NHS Highland and NHS Grampian is looking to shed nearly 600 staff.

However, rival parties were quick to point the finger at Labour, saying the cuts were a result of irresponsible spending by the party.

"We are all dealing with the effects of Labour's legacy of debt," said Tory health spokesman Murdo Fraser.

The new secretary of state for health Andrew Lansley has warned that the NHS in England also faces budget cuts as the coalition government seeks to reduce the budget deficit.
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