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SNP FOCUS ON IMPROVING SCOTLAND’S HEALTH SERVICE HIGHLIGHTED
The SNP is today welcoming a new poll which shows that the party’s commitment to protecting and improving the NHS is rated higher than any other party in the UK.
The poll – commissioned by Michael Ashcroft – asked respondents to rate on a scale of one to ten how important they consider protecting and improving the NHS to be to each political party. The SNP achieved a rating of 7.04 – the highest in the UK – compared to Labour who are on 6.69 and the Tories who are on just 5.30.
In government, the SNP has delivered real results for the NHS – introducing the legal Treatment Time Guarantee which has saw 98 per cent of patients – over 600,000 people – treated within twelve weeks, and recently announcing an additional £65m in funding for health boards across Scotland in the next financial year.
Commenting, SNP MSP Bob Doris said:
“Our NHS is our most valued public resource – and this poll is a welcome confirmation that the people of Scotland recognise the strong action taken by the SNP in government to protect our health service from the impact of Westminster’s cuts and privatisation agenda south of the border.
“The SNP’s record on the NHS is second to none – delivering real results on waiting times and staff numbers, introducing free prescriptions for all and protecting the NHS budget in the face of cuts passed down the line from Westminster.
“And it is no wonder that the SNP is more trusted to protect and improve our NHS than Labour – who just last night voted along with the Tories to initiate another round of spending cuts and to put further pressure on our public services.
“At the General Election in May it is vital that we send a strong team of SNP MPs to Westminster to serve Scotland and work to protect Scotland’s budget – and deliver more powers that will enable the Scottish Parliament to further protect and improve our NHS for the future.”
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Details of the poll can be found here: http://www.theguardian.com/
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