For­mer PM blasts SNP record on NHS cash

The Sunday Post (Dundee) - - NEWS -

Gor­don Brown has called for an in­de­pen­dent re­view into the long-term fu­ture of the NHS in Scot­land and ac­cused the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment of hav­ing “short­changed” the ser­vice over the past decade.

The for­mer Prime Min­is­ter has claimed the SNP ad­min­is­tra­tion at Holy­rood is more con­cerned about Scot­tish in­de­pen­dence than with “wor­ry­ing about our NHS”, and said min­is­ters are of­fer­ing health fund­ing growth that is half that seen in Eng­land.

He made the call ahead of the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s Bud­get on De­cem­ber 12, which he de­scribed as an op­por­tu­nity to “undo some of the dam­age”.

The SNP hit out at what it de­scribed as “hypocrisy” from the for­mer PM and Chan­cel­lor.

Mr Brown said the NHS takes up around 40% of the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s bud­get, but added: “No one will tell you that the NHS mer­its 40% of the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s at­ten­tion.”

The SNP ac­cused Mr Brown of “ut­ter hypocrisy”, stat­ing that he had im­posed a legacy of toxic PFI con­tracts on our pub­lic ser­vices, in­clud­ing the NHS, when he was Chan­cel­lor.

The party also stated that un­der the SNP, NHS staffing had gone up by over 12,000 and that health fund­ing is at “record lev­els”.

Gor­don Brown

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