Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie today said people are right to demand change in education and the NHS after the official Social Attitudes Survey recorded increasing dissatisfaction with the SNP Government's performance in these areas.
For the first time, the most commonly chosen priority for Scottish Government action was to improve standards of education.
Half of people said standards in the health service had fallen in the past year, compared to 37% in the previous annual survey.
Willie Rennie commented:
"People are right to demand change from the SNP Government when it comes to education and the NHS. The impact of their decade of mismanagement is indisputable.
"Our education system has slipped down the rankings and teachers are being repelled by the workload and bureaucracy coming from ministers. Poor decisions and inaction are hurting NHS services, staff and patients. Waits are worsening and doctors have warned again today that they are under pressure like never before.
"Nicola Sturgeon should abandon her plans for independence which her own Growth Commission showed would put the economy, education and NHS budgets at risk.
"The SNP should instead chart a positive future for Scotland by investing in mental health, education and skills. That would enable people to achieve their potential and build the high-wage, high-skill economy we need."