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Local MSP Rona Mackay has urged politicians to get behind the SNP’s draft budget proposals that commits a record £16 billion for health and care services.

Last week, Scotland’s Finance Secretary announced an additional £800 million was to be injected into the NHS to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the plans, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is set to receive a cash boost of £34 million against last year’s budget.

The SNP Government also announced an extra £1.1billion being invested in mental health in the coming year and renewed its commitment to tackling drugs and alcohol by providing £145 million to services.

Commenting, Ms. Mackay said:

“Against the backdrop of this global pandemic and a Tory Brexit that we didn’t vote for, the SNP Government is investing record amounts in our NHS in its time of need.

“If it was not for the hard work and dedication of our local health and social care staff we would not have been able to get through this pandemic. We’ve recognised this with the £500 thank you bonus for staff and it is absolutely right that services are supported properly too.

“For the first time ever, this budget provides funding of £16 billion for Scotland’s health and care services – and a further £34 million for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. This funding comes at a vital time as we emerge stronger from the COVID-19 pandemic. The vaccination rollout continues and I am in daily communication with the health board, the local HSCP and my constituents to ensure those who need support get it.

“This budget and the record funding for our health service is just one part of our ambition to build back stronger, fairer and greener. That’s why I’m calling on politicians across East Dunbartonshire to get behind the SNP Government’s plans that will ensure our NHS is fit for the future.”


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Rona Mackay was elected in May 2016 with a 8,100 majority in Strathkelvin and Bearsden.

Prior to this, she was a journalist in national newspapers for more than 20 years, before becoming Parliamentary Assistant to Clydebank and Milngavie MSP Gil Paterson, with whom she worked for nine years before becoming elected.



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