At every election – Scottish, Westminster and occasionally local too – candidates receive carefully-considered manifestos from voluntary bodies, asking them to pledge to implement their particular wishes. Many of these revolve around health issues, such as the care and treatment of people suffering from cancer, diabetes, heart disease or strokes.
Clive Sneddon is firmly convinced that we need a National Health Service in all parts of the UK which is properly funded and staffed, to deliver what is needed for both mental and physical health. Only consultation with medical staff will ensure that the right priorities are identified and delivered.
The Liberal Democrats have announced that they would end the 1% cap on public sector pay, and would increase it in line with inflation. They have also announced an increase of 1p in the pound on income tax to pay for improved health services. This approach is supported by the former head of the NHS David Nicholson, as well as former heads of the Royal College of Nursing, Royal College of GPs and Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Because of the current devolved powers, the tax on dividends is the only part that would apply in Scotland. Even this limited part would raise £35 million, enough to transform Scottish mental health services. The Scottish Government already has the power to fund the Scottish NHS, if it cares to use its powers.
Despite the best efforts of its devoted staff, the NHS is currently under severe strain. Clive Sneddon is committed to finding and implementing practical solutions which will give us a fully functioning NHS again.
If you want to change Britain for the better, you can do so by voting Liberal Democrat on 8th June.