Only the SNP has the policies and the plan for a strong NHS recovery

The SNP will increase frontline NHS spending by 20% in the next parliament, delivering record investment – with frontline health funding up by £2.5 billion. 

The re-elected SNP Scottish Government will implement a NHS Recovery Plan that will shape new, sustainable ways of working, and make the most out of the latest developments in medical science.

Our plan also outlines how we will increase the activity of our NHS to help treat those who have had their care interrupted by the pandemic, and tackle excessively long waits.

  • Support a 10% increase in inpatient, day case, and outpatient activity to address the delays in treatment caused by the pandemic – including maximising theatre usage and capacity in sites like East Lothian Community Hospital,
  • Making use of mobile units while new facilities are built,
  • £10 million for new diagnostic techniques and the redesign of urgent care, 
  • accelerated recruitment of staff for our national elective and diagnostic treatment centres, with at least 1,500 more frontline staff for these facilities by 2025, 
  • a further £100 million to open two additional national elective care centres to increase our capacity to respond to the needs of an ageing population, 
  • implementing our Cancer Recovery Plan, including the £18 million partnership with Macmillan to ensure everyone with cancer in Scotland gets personalised care,
  • and a further £20 million to expand our Detect Cancer Early programme.
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.
Nicola Sturgeon