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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

SNP open up 22 point lead over Labour on the NHS

The Scottish National Party published a new poll finding conducted by Survation, and commissioned by the SNP, which asked which party people in Scotland most trust with the National Health Service - and found that people trust the SNP over Labour by a factor of over two-to-one.

The poll question and findings are:

Which of the following political parties do you trust the most with Scotland's National Health Service (NHS)?

Scottish National Party: 42%
Scottish Labour: 20%
Scottish Conservatives: 9%
Scottish Liberal Democrats: 4%
Scottish Greens
: 3%
UK Independence Party: 2%
Don't know: 14%
None of these: 8%

Over a quarter of people who voted Labour in 2010 and 2011 trust the SNP with Scotland's NHS. And more people who voted Lib Dem in 2010 trust the SNP than trust the Lib Dems.

Welcoming the figures, SNP MSP Bob Doris, Deputy Convener of the Scottish Parliament's Health and Sport Committee, said: "These are very encouraging figures, which help explain why the SNP government has a 24-point lead over Labour for the next Scottish Parliament election. After nearly eight years in office, people trust the SNP with Scotland's NHS rather than Labour by a factor of over two-to-one. This high level of public trust is a spur to keep doing better and delivering for NHS Scotland, which is a touchstone public service that we all depend on. While the health service south of the border is being steadily dismantled, our pledge is that Scotland's NHS will remain a public service in public hands for as long as the SNP are in government.

Continuing Mr Doris said: "The revenue budget of our NHS is set to rise in real terms for the remainder of this parliament, and in the face of Westminster austerity Nicola Sturgeon has pledged that if we are re-elected in 2016 it will rise in real terms in each year of the next parliament too. Just this week, Health Secretary Shona Robison has announced £100 million funding to help reduce the number of patients waiting to be discharged from hospital. We will never be complacent, because there are always challenges and more remains to be done - but we know that we are working for Scotland's National Health Service with the trust and support of people in Scotland."