Bruce warns SNP borrowing plans threaten NHS funding



Scottish Liberal Democrat party president Sir Malcolm Bruce has warned that the SNP’s plans to borrow £180bn to pay for their promises threatens to wreck NHS funding.

Commenting on the SNP’s NHS plans, Sir Malcolm Bruce said:

"The SNP plan to borrow £180bn to pay for their promises threatens to wreck NHS funding.

"The SNP plan to take on more debt would mean £3.1bn extra in interest payments every year. That eats into the money available for health. The entire NHS funding they propose is wiped out by three years of interest payments.

"I am sure patients, nurses and doctors in Scotland will prefer this money to be spent on the health service and not given to the international financiers and bankers as the SNP would have happen.

"The Liberal Democrats have committed to meeting the funding needs of the NHS across the UK.

"Last night in the election debate Nick Clegg set out how the fully-costed £8bn for the NHS in England would generate £800m extra for Scotland, and sums for Wales and Northern Ireland."


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