From SNP Media today:
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today asked people in Scotland to vote SNP to keep the NHS safe as she highlighted the risk to the NHS of putting power in Tory hands.
With the SNP Scottish Government currently offering an average pay rise of 4% to NHS Agenda for change staff, that would be paid within the first 100 days of a re-elected SNP Government, the First Minister highlighted the insulting 1% on offer from the Tories, despite the extraordinary lengths NHS staff have gone to over the last year.
On a campaign visit to Eastwood the SNP leader said it was essential that in next week’s election people across Scotland vote to keep Scotland’s NHS in safe hands.
Nicola Sturgeon said:
“In this election I am asking the people of Scotland to help me keep our NHS safe and out of Boris Johnson’s hands.
“The SNP is backing Scotland’s essential NHS workers with a 4% pay rise against the 1% on offer from the Tories at Westminster.
“If we are re-elected the SNP will use all our experience in government to implement a full-scale remobilisation of the NHS with record levels of investment.
“And we will keep the essential services helping us through Covid, like Test and Protect, in public hands, not managed by private companies.
“The Tory threat level to Scotland’s NHS from a sleaze-ridden Westminster government is real, present and at its highest ever setting.
“The Scottish Tory leader has already voted to strip robust protection for the NHS from Westminster post-Brexit trade deals and to give the Tory government powers to muscle in on the Scottish Parliament anytime they like.
“And from Boris Johnson down, senior Westminster Tories have made it clear they want to cut Scotland’s share of UK public spending.
“The actions of the Westminster Tory government since the Brexit vote in 2016 all add up to a serious and growing threat to our health service. That would be bad enough at any time, but it is critical that as we recover from Covid, decisions about Scotland’s health and Scotland’s health service are in Scotland’s hands.
“Voting SNP will put the future of Scotland’s NHS in Scotland’s hands – and out of Boris Johnson’s.