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What is the SNP doing in government to reduce Scotland’s suicide rate?

The Scottish Government has launched a new Suicide Prevention Action Plan – setting a new goal of reducing Scotland’s suicide rate by 20 per cent by 2022.

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What is the SNP doing to tackle alcohol misuse?

The SNP Scottish Government will introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol in Scotland after the UK Supreme Court unanimously approved Scottish Government plans.

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How is the SNP improving social care services?

Free personal care for older people is one of the landmark achievements of devolution. Nearly 78,000 people over the age of 65 benefit from free personal care in Scotland.

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What is the SNP Scottish Government doing to tackle obesity

Obesity is one of the biggest challenges facing our nation’s health. In 2010 we published a long term strategy to tackle obesity, complimented by the Obesity Route Map Action Plan, and this year we have launched a new strategy for diet and healthy weight management.

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What is the SNP position on the NHS pay cap?

Public servants earning less than £30,000 will receive a 3 per cent increase, those earning above £30,000 will receive a 2 per cent increase and we will cap increases for those earning more than £80,000.

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Does the SNP support a soft opt out system for organ donation?

Scotland has made huge progress on organ donation rates in recent years and we now have the highest rate of donors per million of population of any UK country. Currently in Scotland, organ and/or tissue donation after a person’s death only occurs if they have given advance authorisation or if their nearest relative authorises on…

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What is the SNP doing to improve primary care, including GP services?

Investment in primary care has gone up every year under this Government, and by the end of this Parliament we’ll be investing an additional £500 million per year in in Scotland’s GP practices and health centres – including £250 million in direct support of general practice. The SNP want to bring treatment closer to home…

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How are the SNP improving cancer services?

Cancer services have come a long way over the past ten years, with cancer mortality rates down 11 per cent. However, with an expected 25 per cent increase in the number of people diagnosed with cancer by 2027, we know more needs to be done.Over the next five years we will implement the new Cancer…

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What are the SNP doing for Nurses?

In February Nicola Sturgeon announced £3 million of funding to train an additional 500 advanced nurse practitioners, who will treat more people in the community and play an important role in the integrated health care of the future.

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What support has the SNP provided for carers?

The SNP Government has invested around £122 million in programmes to support carers.

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Do the SNP support the privatisation of the NHS?

The SNP believe that the NHS is our most important public resource and we will do everything we can to ensure that it is properly funded and protected as a public service. We will always keep Scotland’s NHS safe in public hands. Over the last five years the SNP government has protected Scotland’s health budget…

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How are the SNP preparing for the demand that the changing demographic of Scotland will have on our NHS?

Scotland’s population is changing and our health service must change with it. The fact that people are living longer is to be welcomed, but we must ensure that services match their needs both now and in the future. By the end of the next parliament we will increase the NHS revenue budget by £500 million…

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Will the SNP protect the NHS from TTIP?

The SNP will seek to ensure that the public, not-for-profit character of the NHS is protected from any impact from the TTIP agreement. Nicola Sturgeon has stated that the SNP will fight tooth and nail against any moves to privatise the NHS in Scotland by the back door. It remains our view that the most…

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How is the SNP improving mental health services?

Mental health investment reached £1 billion for the first time this year, and we are investing £150 million over the next five years.

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