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SNP: We'll halt NHS Privatisation. But spend £80m with private firms!

First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has pledged to halt any privatisation of the Scottish NHS. She should, therefore, understand the rising anger as figures show the Scottish NHS spent over £80m with private companies.

This is despite Nicola Sturgeons pledge to save Scotland from the “creeping privatisation” of the NHS south of the border.

This is a rise of over £6.5m from the previous year when the Scottish NHS spent £75.9m with private companies.

The spend with private companies has doubled since 2000 when the spend was recorded at £33.2m.

It is thought the rising costs are due to private operations in an attempt to meet waiting list targets.

Scottish Labour's Dr Richard Simpson said: “These figures reveal the hypocrisy of the SNP around our NHS. They will campaign in elections against privatisation of our NHS while handing over increasing amounts of taxpayer cash to private health firms.

“Spending more taxpayer cash on private health services is an indication of the problems experienced by our NHS. It is clear they don’t have the capacity to deliver the care patients across Scotland need."

Health Secretary Shona Robison said: “The Scottish Government are committed to protecting our NHS and keeping it in public hands. There has been an increase of more than £400million in health resource spending – taking the total health budget to more than £12billion for the first time.

“Scotland’s NHS are seeing more patients than ever before and carried out a record of more than one million in-patient procedures last year – an increase of almost 18 per cent under this government. NHS spending in the independent sector represents less than 0.9 per cent of NHS Scotland’s frontline spending."

The SNP have been under increasing pressure this week to explain NHS issues. Tasmina Ahmed Sheikh was put under pressure during a 5live radio interview where she snapped at Emma Barnett after being asked to explain why waiting list figures for receiving treatment within eighteen weeks was falling.

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