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What are the SNP doing for NHS staff?

We have over 21,500 more staff in Scotland’s NHS now than when the SNP came into government. Scotland has the best paid NHS staff across the UK – and we’re working hard to ensure this continues.

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What is the SNP’s plan for NHS recovery?

We will implement an NHS Recovery Plan that will shape new, sustainable ways of working and support our frontline to use the latest developments in medical science. It will outline 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…

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How will the SNP tackle substance misuse and drugs deaths?

The number of people who die of a drug-related death in Scotland is unacceptably high. Each one of these deaths is a tragedy, and we cannot underestimate the impact of those losses on individuals, families and communities across the country.

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

We want to see as much health care as possible provided in the community and closer to people’s own homes, because we know that is what patients want. That means continuing to reform primary care and investing in services. Primary care and GP services will see a greater share of NHS frontline investment over this…

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How are the SNP improving cancer services?

We will implement our Cancer Recovery Plan, including the £18 million partnership with Macmillan to ensure everyone with cancer in Scotland gets personalised care. We will also establish a fast track cancer diagnostic centre in every health board area. The first three of these – in Ayrshire & Arran, Fife and Dumfries & Galloway –…

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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. Now Scotland faces the real risk that Tory Brexit trade deals with Donald…

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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. To fight the pandemic, our NHS has had to pause or go slower on some other treatments…

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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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