Academic journal article The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

Nationalists Promise Healthier Scotland

Academic journal article The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

Nationalists Promise Healthier Scotland

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SCOTLAND

With Scottish Parliamentary general elections taking place on 3 May this year, the Scottish National Party (SNP) are, at the time of going to press, ahead in the polls, threatening to overthrow Labour's coalition government with the Liberal Democrats, and to declare independence from the United Kingdom.

Deputy Leader of the SNP Ms Nicola Sturgeon MSP said: 'The SNP are leading the policy debate, showing how we can make Scotland a wealthier, healthier and safer society. We are bringing forward positive policies to make Scotland more successful - to lower class sizes in primaries 1-3, to keep vital health services local, to reduce the business rates burden, and to develop Scotland's green energy potential.

'The SNP are also committed to giving each and every NHS patient an individual waiting time guarantee which will be legally enforceable.'

The SNP plan to institute local health boards to influence local healthcare services, a programme of free fruit and fitness evaluations for schoolchildren, and greater numbers of school nurses.

The three major British parties have attacked the SNP's radical tax plans, however. …

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