NHS Scotland (Ownership)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 20th June 2019.

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Photo of Jeane Freeman Jeane Freeman Scottish National Party

No, it absolutely is not. [


.] I will explain to Mr Briggs—and his amused colleagues—why that is the case.

I think that the first contract to which Mr Briggs referred is one with IHI, which is a not-for-profit organisation. The other contracts that he mentioned may, indeed, represent interim use of the private sector to reduce long waiting times for patients, as I set out in the waiting times plan. However, I say to Mr Briggs that that is not selling off sections of our health service to Virgin Health or allowing any of our boards to produce price lists for hip replacement, cataract or knee replacement surgery, which is precisely what his colleagues in England are doing. The day and hour that Mr Briggs defends that practice in this chamber is the time when he and I might have a proper conversation.