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Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP has highlighted the threat that Tory tax proposals pose to the NHS in Tayside – potentially meaning cuts of almost £40 million according to new Scottish Government analysis.

With the Scottish Parliament set to vote on Stage 1 of the budget this month, the Tories are proposing tax cuts for high earners that would leave a £500 million hole in the budget.
With health receiving the largest share of devolved spending, a £500 million fall in available spending would see the NHS in the firing line – and Tayside could lose up to £39.3 million.
Commenting, Ms Cunningham said:
“Under the SNP, the NHS has record staffing and record funding – and the draft budget would see that funding increased.
“But this investment is only possible because of the decisions taken by the Scottish Government, with progressive policies seeing higher earnings paying slightly more to support public services.
“The Tory tax plans would blow a £500 million hole in our budget – and that’s on top of a decade of UK government austerity.
“That would put at risk valuable public services in Tayside, including the NHS – and would be equivalent to cutting 941 nurses in the region.  I’d like to see local Tories explain why they’d prefer to give a handout to millionaires than to fund our hospitals.”

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