Labour MSP Anas Sarwar has been condemned after posting comments on social media in which he said Shona Robison’s resignation as Health Secretary was “welcome”.
Sarwar, who is Scottish Labour’s Health Spokesperson claimed the SNP MSP had been “removed” from her role.
The tweet, described as “ungracious” and “undignified” read: “After 2 years of relentlessly exposing SNP failures on health, Shona Robison is removed as Health Secretary. While this is a welcome change, the best gift on the 70th year of our NHS would be adequate funding and staffing. That is her successor’s real test.”
The comment followed news that Ms Robison had decided to step down from her role as the Scottish Government’s Health Minister. The MSP cited personal reasons and revealed she had lost both her parents within the last year and had suffered a health scare.
Responding to the message from Sarwar, SNP MP Stewart McDonald said: “People should read Shona Robinson’s resignation letter – which is deeply personal in parts. This response from @AnasSarwar is wholly ungracious and in stark contrast with the dignity of the woman he attacks.”
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon described the former Health Secretary as “a fine public servant, but also one of the best friends anyone could hope to have.”
However the SNP leader took aim at opposition MSPs who had posted what many people described as undignified messages on social media. She added: “Some of the opposition comments I’ve seen directed at her say much more about them than they do about her.”
Labour MSP Iain Gray was another who came in for criticism after posting a snide attack on Ms Robison. In a tweet, Gray wrote: “Just catching up with the reshuffle – would appear having been at Uni with Nicola is no longer enough to keep your seat in cabinet (or indeed being elected deputy leader!)”
The former Scottish Labour leader was taken to task by SNP MP Anne McLaughlin who tweeted: “Nicola and Shona were not at university together so apart from being unnecessarily snide, this is also factually inaccurate.”
There was praise though for Scottish Conservative MSP Jackson Carlaw who posted the following message: “I shadowed @ShonaRobison for many years & appreciated her genuine concern for the NHS. A hugely challenging brief & while @ScotTories did not call for her to go, now is the time for fresh leadership & thinking. On a personal level, I wish her well & thank her for her courtesy.”
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