Commenting as new figures showed the first rise in a decade in the mortality rates for heart disease and cerebrovascular disease (of which a stroke is the most common form), Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:
“We can’t allow the progress that we have seen in tackling heart disease and strokes to slide.
“What’s more, there is still a huge deprivation divide. For example, these statistics show those from the poorest backgrounds are around twice as likely to die from coronary heart disease as the most well off.
“SNP ministers can’t allow complacency to undermine efforts to tackle the factors that underpin these conditions, such as smoking, a lack of exercise and poor diets. That is why as well as boosting resources in our most deprived areas, they should be open to looking at any measures that can be shown to improve wider public health.”