The SNP spokeswoman for trade and investment snapped as the party’s new quest for independence was put under the spotlight.
The nationalist politician took offence to a question put to her by BBC Radio 5live host Emma Barnett – who berated the party for “ignoring its day job”.
Speaking on Wednesday, Barnett asked: “Nicola Sturgeon was elected to look after Scottish people’s health.
“She was also elected to make sure Scottish people were educated, and if I just put this to you, you’re becoming a single issue party, what would you say to that?”
Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh appeared to lose her cool during a BBC debate
Well I’m hoping you’re going to rhyme off a list of England’s successes
Before Ms Ahmed-Sheikh was able to answer, Barnett refused to let up, as she reeled off a list of figures which showed Scotland’s NHS struggling.
“There’s been a further decline in the number of Scottish NHS patients who begin treatment 18 weeks after referral,” the 5live host continued.
“Figures up to the 31st December last year show 83.8 per cent of patients started treatment within 18 weeks, that’s a fall from 87 per cent a year earlier.
“That’s one example, I could give you another, Scotland’s schools have recorded their worse ever performance in an international survey of pupils.
“Scotland’s scores for maths, reading and science all declined in the latest set of appeasement figures – what do you say to that?”
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BBC 5live host Emma Barnett grilled the SNP MP over the SNP's record on the NHS
The MP for Ochil and South Perthshire fired back a tetchy response, as she sarcastically said: “Well I’m hoping you’re going to rhyme off a list of England’s successes in both of these departments once I've finished answering your question?”
Still giving it full throttle, Barnett once again stepped in, retorting: “England’s not trying to leave Scotland though…”
“Well…,” Ms Ahmed-Sheikh stumbled. “Getting on with the day job is surely the job of the prime minister and Westminster wherever they may be governing.”
She continued by defending Nicola Sturgeons’ record as First Minister, claiming Scotland was performing “12 points better” than England’s A&E departments.
Last week, Theresa May warned the Scottish Government to “get on with the day job” instead of fighting for a new independence referendum.
Although Downing Street has ruled out any vote until after Brexit, Holyrood has held a two-day debate on whether to give Ms Sturgeon the power to ask Westminster for a rerun of the 2014 ballot.
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The SNP leader accused the UK Government of “ignoring” the Scottish voice by pressing ahead with a UK-wide Brexit deal.
“If the UK Government can ignore this Parliament on one of the most vital issues that this country faces how can they claim to be equal partners with us?" she told the debate on Tuesday.
The SNP is expected to win Wednesday’s vote with the support of the Scottish Greens – despite opposition from the Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats.