1000 nurses but no free medicine

SCOTS Tory leader Ruth Davidson has pledged to scrap free prescriptions in order to fund 1000 extra nurses and midwives in the NHS if her party gains power at Holyrood.

Loading Comments
Share
Print

The additional staff would be recruited using money saved from ending universal free prescriptions, which were introduced by the SNP government almost three years ago.

Exemptions would be maintained for children, students aged up to 19, over 60s, pregnant women and people on income support and jobseekers allowance, meaning around half the population would not face charges.

Prescriptions became free to all in April 2011 after a phased reduction in charges, with the cost of funding the policy standing at around £57million for 2011/12.

The Tories say the 1000 extra nurses and midwives would cost £30-£36million a year.

Miss Davidson said: "Under the SNP, the number of nurses and midwives in Scotland has gone up and down like a fiddler's elbow. Two thousand posts gone over two years.

"Right now - hundreds of places down, creating an intolerable pressure on those who are left.

"Millions spent on bank or agency nurses to plug the gaps. It's not good enough. It's not good enough for staff and it's not good enough for patients."

She added: "It's time we did something about it. That's why today I am able to announce the Scottish Conservatives will pledge an extra 1000 nurses and midwives for Scotland. And, once introduced, we will not let numbers drop below that mark.

Health Secretary Alex Neil said: "It is not a case of funding either prescriptions or nurses. In Scotland's NHS we can and will provide free prescriptions, pay our NHS staff a fair wage and protect an NHS free at the point of need."

Health

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on Evening Times on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis. If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.

155999

Have you got a story?

Contact the news desk on 0141 302 6520 or email news@eveningtimes.co.uk
Games news:

Putting the world to rights

Gail's Gab

The sight of wee dolphins choking to death on discarded supermarket bags helped me change me use reusable shoppers

Times Out

Entertainment

Lifestyle

TV Advert
Cat’s Eyes on Glasgow

Cat’s Eyes on Glasgow

Cat Cubie’s job is to find and share with you the fabulous things the city has to offer, from gigs to gastro.

Janice Bell

Janice Bell

You Couldn't Make This Up

The secret world of the wheelie bin.

Michelle McManus

Michelle McManus

Columnist Michelle McManus is Sussed in the City, and loves to chat about anything and everything.