New Scottish Health Secretary Neil Gray says the NHS must reform, improve and “drive down” waiting times.
Mr Gray, who was appointed last week to replace Michael Matheson, told BBC Scotland’s The Sunday Show that it was “unacceptable” so many patients felt they had no choice but to go private.
But the minister added he did not accept that Scotland had a two-tier healthcare system.
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The former Health Secretary, Mr Matheson, resigned ahead of the release of a report into an £11k data roaming bill racked up on his parliamentary iPad.