From SNP Media:
The SNP has highlighted a black hole in NHS funding in the Scottish Labour manifesto – with no funding commitments made beyond 2021/22, failing the NHS in its recovery out of lockdown and creating a four-year funding gap.
The Scottish Labour manifesto not only fails to make real commitments for the future of the NHS, it also fails to even guarantee protecting spending as it is now.
Scottish Labour’s manifesto also failed to commit to backing free dental care, keeping free prescriptions, and keeping free hospital parking. It also fails to back the replacement of the Edinburgh Eye Pavilion or renewing and refurbishing local hospitals like the Vale of Leven.
The SNP has committed to increasing frontline NHS spending by 20% in the next parliament, delivering record investment in the health service – increasing frontline funding by £2.5 billion.
Commenting, SNP Finance Secretary Kate Forbes said:
“The manifesto Labour published today shows they are all talk and no action when it comes to recovery.
“Our NHS has endured so much throughout the pandemic and Scottish Labour cannot even commit to maintaining frontline spending over the parliament, when increased investment is going to be vital if the NHS is to be remobilised and get back on its feet.
“What Labour fail to understand is that it is not good enough to make claims about recovery if you don’t put the money in to pay for it. There is simply no substance to their campaign.
“The spending commitments they do make appear to be trying to spend money again that’s already been invested in public services this year.
“Scottish Labour cannot be trusted with Scotland’s NHS, they have failed to commit to even keeping funding as it is, to keeping prescription charges free or hospital parking free – a move that could see NHS staff pay to go to work every day if Labour ever got anywhere near government.
“Scotland’s NHS needs real investment in the NHS, not just words. That is why the SNP has committed to record health spending for the frontline, to refurbish hospitals and clinics around the country and of course to offer our NHS staff a fair pay deal.
“Between the Tories and Labour neither of them can be trusted with our health service. Only the SNP has the policies and the investment plan for a strong recovery for the NHS. The only way to deliver that is by re-electing Nicola Sturgeon as First Minister with Both Votes SNP.”
Contact: SNP Media