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Security at Scottish hospitals 'needs to be tighter'

Security at Scottish hospitals 'needs to be tighter'

A politician has called for tighter security systems in Scottish hospitals after a list was published showing the amount of items that are taken from sites across the country.

The Labour party compiled a list which revealed patient trolleys, ovens and surgical equipment have all disappeared from Scottish medical facilities.

Scottish Labour's health spokeswoman Jackie Baillie said: "These thefts are not only shocking but raise serious questions about security in our hospitals.

"To lose some keys is inevitable, but for medical equipment, roofing, patient notes and lawnmowers to be stolen is unacceptable."

She added that it is possible that even more has gone missing and authorities are not aware of it yet and the health secretary must now take action to tighten security at hospitals, as the public's confidence needs to be restored.

Ms Baillie said that she was astonished to learn that thefts from Scottish hospitals cost the NHS £500,000 last year.

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