Responding to junior doctors voting overwhelmingly in favour of a three-day strike amid a pay dispute with the Scottish Government, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:
“This government has left junior doctors utterly depleted- no wonder they feel that striking is their only option.
“Every week, every month, we see ever more damning verdicts of the healthcare service, from our emergency departments to the number of people stuck in hospital.
“Humza Yousaf used to boast that Scotland was the only place in the UK where health strikes didn’t happen. Today’s news exposes that for what it always was: a pathetic attempt to cover up his party’s epic failures.
“The new Health Secretary cannot afford to make the same colossal mistakes as his predecessor. He must accelerate talks and bring this dispute to a swift conclusion.”