Paul O’Kane has urged Humza Yousaf to “listen to staff and patients and learn from what they’re telling you” during his visit to Inverclyde Royal today.
The Health Secretary is visiting the hospital after whistle-blowers revealed there is an understaffing crisis and that on several occasions some wards were staffed by just one nurse.
O’Kane wrote to Yousaf asking him to ensure that the situations described by the whistleblowing staff will not happen again.
Commenting Scottish Labour Shadow Minister for Social Care and Public Health Paul O’Kane said:
“Humza Yousaf has the chance today to see for himself what immediately has to be improved at the Inverclyde Royal for staff who feel burnt out”
“He has to drop his defensive spin about ‘record funding’ and ‘record staffing’ and observe the issues the hospital is going through”
“I say to him, listen to staff and patients and learn from what they’re telling you”
“I’m still waiting for his official response to my letter, in the mean time I’ll be calling for reassurances that Inverclyde Royal will be his top priority and I’ll be keen to find out what he has learned and took away from his visit today”
“It’s only right that the Health Secretary has to look staff and patients in the eye who are being let down”