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Scottish government accused of splurging £6m on NHS spin doctors

THE Scottish government was accused today of splurging £6 million to promote “spin” about the health service.

Scottish Labour said that the SNP-led government’s employment of 25 staff in NHS Scotland’s communications department showed that it had the “wrong priorities” on health service spending.

Health spokeswoman Jackie Baillie said: “It is appalling that over £6m is being ploughed into an army of spin doctors while our health service is on its knees, with spiralling A&E waits, ambulances queueing at emergency departments and a recruitment crisis which existed before the pandemic due to chronic underfunding by the SNP government.

“This is a government with the wrong priorities. It is time we stripped back on the pen-pushers and invested properly in the hard-working staff at the coal face who have faced pressures during the last two years unlike anything seen before by our NHS.” 

The Scottish government was invited to comment.

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