Dugdale to Make Huge Healthcare Promises at Scottish Labour Conference



Scottish Labour leader, Kezia Dugdale, is anticipated to announce today that her government will provide an appointment with a GP to every Scot within 48 hours if her party wins the election this May. Ms Dugdale will be using her keynote address at the party’s conference in Glasgow to attack the SNP’s record on healthcare. She is expected to commit to invest around £500 million extra to improve GP services across the country.

Ms Dugdale will also be defending her party after reports that neither UK Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, nor Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell, would be attending the conference even though the latter will be in Glasgow this weekend. Ms Dugdale is anticipated to state that “Labour will use our powers to offer a real plan for the future of our NHS. We will increase funding for the NHS year on year in real terms.” She will say that “our Labour Party that established the NHS in the 1940s will be there to ensure that our health service is fit for the challenges of the 2040s.

In addition to that, Ms Dugdale will point out “because the NHS isn’t just another policy agenda for Labour, it is part of who we are as a party, our pride in its creation inspires everything else we do,” adding that “we can take the pressure off our hospitals by getting primary care right, delivering the NHS services people need in their communities.” She will concluded that “instead of the cuts to GPs we’ve seen in the last decade, our plan for the NHS will guarantee an appointment at your local surgery that you can book online within 48 hours.”

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