Secretary of State for Scotland (Meetings)

Part of First Minister's Question Time – in the Scottish Parliament at 11:59 am on 28th October 2010.

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Photo of Alex Salmond Alex Salmond First Minister of Scotland, Leader, Scottish National Party 11:59 am, 28th October 2010

Well, there are, but the bulk of the increase is in clinical staff—in nurses, doctors and dentists—compared with the deplorable position that was left by the previous Liberal-Labour Administration. Instead of taking the approach that he has taken, Tavish Scott should welcome the initiative to cut the senior managers pay bill in the health service by 25 per cent. That emphasises the front line, which is the Government's policy.

Many statistics are used to measure performance in the health service, but the one that perhaps really matters is that on public satisfaction with the national health service, and that public satisfaction is at a high in Scotland—much higher than it was when Tavish Scott was a minister. That is because of the direction that the current Administration has set and its investment in Scotland's national health service.