A Healthier Scotland
The National Health Service is our most cherished public service. The SNP will never waiver in our belief that it must remain a publicly funded service, free at the point of use. We will never stop trying to make Scotland’s NHS healthier. That is why we will ensure the NHS revenue budget rises by £500 million more than inflation by the end of the next parliament – which means that it will increase by almost £2 billion in total.
Our vision is of a healthier Scotland. By 2020 people will be living longer, healthier lives at home, or in a homely setting – a vision which puts people first. Through preventative healthcare and care in the community, we can deliver a healthcare system which meets the needs of our people in a caring and effective manner.
The SNP believe the NHS should remain a publicly funded, publicly-delivered service. We will not follow the privatisation agenda of the Westminster government. The staff who work in our hospitals, communities and health centres do an amazing job. They deserve our unreserved praise for the fantastic results they have produced over the last few years. We have historically low waiting times, large reductions in hospital infection rates, and some of the highest quality and safest healthcare anywhere in the world.
The SNP has met its commitment to protect the NHS budget. We will ensure that the NHS revenue budget rises by £500 million more than inflation by the end of this Parliament – which means that it will increase by almost £2 billion in total.
We know that good quality healthcare is the cornerstone to a decent society and we will always strive to provide this for Scotland.
The number of nurses, doctors and dentists working in Scotland’s NHS has increased. Staffing is at record levels, up more than 11,400 under the SNP.
Scotland’s A&E services are the best performing in the UK.
Since the SNP introduced a 12 week limit on waiting times in October 2012, over one million patients have been seen within the limit.
We’ve kept healthcare local. That means A&E units have been saved, children’s cancer services and neurosurgery units protected, and maternity units kept open.
Over £5 billion has been invested in Scotland’s health infrastructure since 2007, including the South Glasgow Hospitals and Emergency Care Centre in Aberdeen.