Jackie Baillie MSP has called for resources to be directed to health boards across Scotland as new figures show more than 1,400 beds in acute care services in the NHS have been cut under the SNP Government.

New statistics from Information Services Division Scotland show the number of beds in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) have decreased by 643 since the SNP took over - from 4,605 in 2008/09 to 3,962 in 2017/18.

The MSP says the slashing of hospital beds has coincided with the SNP’s failure to honour their promise to end delayed discharge and the growing number of vacant nursing posts.

She added: “Scotland’s NHS is being mismanaged. NHSGGC alone has 600 fewer beds than it did a decade ago. This is almost half of the total reduction in bed numbers across Scotland. This comes amid the SNP’s broken promise to end delayed discharge and the skyrocketing number of vacant nursing posts.

“Our NHS staff are continuing to work hard despite the reduction in resources but it’s time they are properly supported. Labour’s workforce commission will design a blueprint for the health service’s future to ensure the NHS which was created under a Labour government is protected.”