13 facts about the health service under the SNP

We all rely on our NHS – that’s why we want to make sure it’s fit for the future.

Under the SNP, health funding and NHS staffing are at a record high – and we’ve delivered a number of transformative policies, from free prescriptions to free dental care for young people.

Here’s how we’re delivering progress on health.

1. Health spending is at a record high – over the next year health spending will rise to £13.9 billion. Over this Scottish Parliament term we have committed to increasing the NHS revenue budget by half a billion higher than inflation.

2. NHS Scotland patient satisfaction is high. 86 per cent of NHS Scotland patients rating their care and treatment positively – record high since 2014.

3. The number of people working in our health service has increased to historic levels. Under the SNP, NHS Scotland staffing has increased by over 13,600, or over 10 per cent.

4. Scotland’s hospital A&E performance has been the best in the UK for almost four years.

5. Scotland has the highest number of GPs per head of population in the UK. We are investing £110 million to support the implementation of a new GP contract to support wider primary care reform.

6. Free prescriptions – introduced by the SNP government – are saving people with chronic conditions over £100 a year.

7. We are delivering the highest pay rise for NHS Agenda for Change staff in the UK. Employees will receive a pay rise of at least 9 per cent over the next three years.

8. We will invest an extra half a billion pounds into primary care, including GP services and health centres. Over this parliament, we will increase spending on primary care services to 11 per cent of the frontline NHS budget.

9. Since the SNP came to office the number of people registered with an NHS dentist has almost doubled. A record 5 million people are registered with an NHS dentist, with a 36 per cent increase in the numbers of NHS dentists under this government.

10. In the last ten years cancer mortality is down 11 per cent. And, our new Cancer Strategy, backed up by £100 million in funding, will improve prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

11. We’ve expanded IVF to more families – making access in Scotland the fairest and most generous in the UK. New patients referred for IVF treatment on the NHS in Scotland may be eligible for three full cycles rather than two, increasing their chances of conceiving a baby. Families who have children in the home but where one parent has no biological children are now be eligible too.

12. Scotland was the first country in the UK to have a mental health waiting times target. We have delivered our commitment to invest £1 billion in mental health in 2017/18 and over the life of this Parliament investment will exceed £5 billion. We’ve published a new ten-year strategy to transform mental health services too.

13. Since the SNP came to office £5 billion has been invested in Scotland’s health infrastructure. This includes Scotland’s superhospital in Glasgow, Dumfries Infirmary, Orkney Hospital and Aberdeen’s Emergency Care Centre.