Does the SNP support public ownership?

Under the SNP our NHS will always remain in public hands. SNP MPs will propose a new law to explicitly protect the NHS in Scotland, Wales and England, and ‘Health & Social Care in Northern Ireland’, from being subject to future trade deals. The NHS Protection Act would enshrine in law that our NHS must be protected as publicly owned, publicly operated, and its services publicly commissioned.

Scottish Water is already in public hands – and we are committed to keeping it that way. Scottish Water is investing in essential infrastructure, while delivering water and sewerage charges that are, on average, £42 lower than in England and Wales.

After the expiry of the current franchise next year, we will bring Scotrail into public ownership.