Number of staff soars to all time high.
Labour’s latest attempts to spread fear over the future of local health services are nothing more than hypocrisy. It was the SNP that saved services earmarked for closure by the previous Labour government.
Since the SNP took office in 2007, Labour plans to close A&E services and Monklands Hospital and Ayr Hospital have been halted; emergency services at the Vale of Leven Hospital and St John’s Hospital have been protected; and health board proposals to close Lightburn Hospital here in Glasgow have been rejected.
Since 2011, the SNP has protected the budget for NHS frontline services in real terms – and the health budget will reach a record £13 billion this year.
Meanwhile, the number of staff working in the NHS has reached an all-time high, with a nine per cent increase in the workforce under the SNP – an increase of more than 11,000 in total and an increase of 2,500 nursing and midwifery staff.
We know that our health service faces many pressures – it is treating more patients, with more complex illnesses, than ever before. That’s why myself and the SNP are determined to make our NHS healthier stilll.