Richard Leonard

MSP, Central Scotland

Central Scotland Labour

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  • Scottish Parliament: National Health Service (Treatment Time Guarantee) 24 May 2018

    2. As we have just heard, the long-delayed Scottish National Party growth commission report is published tomorrow. That might excite the SNP back benchers, but it will exasperate the millions of people throughout Scotland who just want the First Minister to focus on public services such as our national health service. In 2012, the SNP gave patients the right to treatment within 12 weeks. It...
  • Scottish Parliament: National Health Service (Treatment Time Guarantee) 24 May 2018

    I asked whether the number had gone up or down. It went up. More than 54,000 people waited longer than the 12-week guarantee in 2017. That is a 234 per cent increase since Nicola Sturgeon became the First Minister. She tells us that the NHS faces the challenge of treating more patients than ever before. How many more patients were seen under the treatment time guarantee last year compared...
  • Scottish Parliament: National Health Service (Treatment Time Guarantee) 24 May 2018

    In fact, the number of patients seen has gone down. In 2017, 28,000 fewer patients were seen than in 2015 but more people waited longer. Let us recap. The SNP promised that people would be treated within 12 weeks. In Nicola Sturgeon’s first year as First Minister, that promise was broken to one patient in every 20. Last year, it was broken to one patient in every five. This is the fifth...

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Labour MSP for Central Scotland

Entered the Scottish Parliament on 7 May 2016 — Election

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