Friday, 10 April 2015

Sturgeon Challenges Labour Leader to Back SNP Plans for NHS Investment

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will later today challenge Labour leader Ed Miliband to back SNP proposals to invest in Scotland’s NHS.

The SNP's NHS plan to invest in growth would free up resources to allow Scotland's NHS budget to increase by a total of £2 billion by 2020 – as part of an overall proposal to increase NHS spending across the UK by £24 billion - £9.5 billion above inflation.

Ms Sturgeon said:

"Westminster's harsh cuts agenda has completely failed - and Tory NHS privatisation and cuts is putting the health service south of the border at risk, threatening to harm Scotland's budget in the process.

"I have outlined plans for a modest spending increase at Westminster - which will not only bring an end to the failed austerity agenda, but will enable us to increase spending on Scotland’s NHS by a total of £2 billion by 2020.

"This is a clear example of the progressive politics a strong team of SNP MPs will stand for at Westminster. It is time for Labour to step out of the shadow of the Tories and do the right thing for the NHS in Scotland and across the UK."
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