First minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon said both Labour and Tories ‘are selling the NHS short’. The SNP, she said, would build an alliance in parliament to increase funding for the NHS and other key services by £100bn saved from scrapping the Trident nuclear weapons programme.
The manifesto said the party would vote to meet the challenge made by NHS England to plug a projected £30bn blackhole in health service funding. It called for an increase across the UK of £24bn by the end of the parliament, a £9.4bn above-inflation rise. The move would deliver a £2bn rise to NHS Scotland.
Health policy in Scotland is devolved the the Scottish parliament but the SNP has said its MPs will vote on health issues in the UK parliament that the party believes have an impact on the service north of the border. SNP MPs would vote against ‘further privatisation’ of the NHS in England and support moves to restore the service to full public ownership, the party said.
The party would seek to exclude the NHS from the Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership.
Ms Sturgeon said: ‘Over the past week, Labour has failed to commit to the money England's NHS needs. And while the Tories have given a commitment, they have no idea where the money is coming from.
‘Increasing health spending while cutting overall spending by £30bn, as the Tories plan to do, will mean even more savage cuts to social care, social security and local government - all of which will pile extra pressure on the NHS. Both Labour and Tories are selling the NHS short.’