Saturday, 30 November 2019 07:36


Speaking to party activists in a key election address in St Andrews today (Sat), First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon will warn that a Boris Johnson-led Tory government would pose the biggest threat to Scotland's National Health Service in its history. 

She is expected to say:
“A vote for the SNP in this election is a vote to escape Brexit. It is a vote to put Scotland’s future in Scotland’s hands – not Boris Johnson’s.
"Boris Johnson’s extreme Brexit is the biggest threat to Scotland’s NHS since it was founded just over 70 years ago.
"He is a real and present danger to our precious, publicly run health service.
"His Tory Brexit plan will make it harder to attract NHS staff from Europe.
"The economy will slow-down, putting increased pressure on NHS budgets.
"Compared with EU membership his deal could cut Scotland’s national income by £9 billion by the end of the next decade.
"And if Boris Johnson takes Scotland and the UK out of the EU with no trade deal at all next year – which is looking increasingly likely – the cost could be £12.7 billion.
"That’s the equivalent of around £2,300 per person in Scotland.  
"US drugs firms want “full market access” to the NHS in any Tory-Trump trade deal – raising the prices the health service has to pay.
"The Foreign Secretary has even complained that Scotland has too many nurses and ambulance staff compared with the rest of the UK.
"This all adds up to a sustained Tory assault on Scotland’s health service.
"The NHS will never be safe in Boris Johnson’s hands. 
"In Scotland the SNP is the challenger to the Tories in all 13 seats they hold.
"So in Scotland only a vote for the SNP can lock the Tories out of office and protect our NHS from Boris Johnson." 

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