Borders Liberal Democrat Michael Moore today said that as the second full week of general election campaigning draws to a close, only the Liberal Democrats have a fully-costed plan to increase investment in Scotland’s NHS and give doctors and nurses the support they need.
Speaking as he was joined on the campaign trail in the Borders by Liberal Democrat Chief Whip Don Foster, Mr Moore said that by committing to Simon Steven’s Five Year Forward View, the Liberal Democrats would invest £17bn more than the Tories and £7bn more than Labour in the NHS.
Last month, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP confirmed that this would mean an extra £800m per year for the NHS in Scotland.
Mr Moore warned the other parties that time is running out for them to set out how they would pay for their own NHS plans. Analysis of the SNP’s full fiscal autonomy proposals has shown that Scotland would face a £7.6bn funding black hole in the very first year of the policy and a £40 bn spending gap over the next parliament.
Commenting, Mr Moore said:
“Because we are willing to give the health service the money it has asked for, Liberal Democrat plans would see us spend £17bn more than the Tories and £7bn more than Labour to support doctors and nurses in our NHS. This would mean an extra £800m per year for the NHS in Scotland.
“Our plans are fully funded but at the end of the second full week of campaigning we are still none the wiser as to how the other parties would pay for their NHS commitments. Time is running out for them to give people the answers they need.
"Only the Liberal Democrats have a fully costed plan to give the health service the money it needs.
“Labour and the Tories have not matched Liberal Democrat NHS spending plans. The SNP’s full fiscal autonomy plan and the £40bn funding black hole that comes with it mean that they could not deliver the investment that our NHS needs.”