A local MSP, Tom Arthur, has hit out at tax proposals suggested by the Conservatives, claiming it could cost Greater Glasgow & Clyde NHS nearly £120m.
The Scottish Parliament is set to vote on Stage 1 of the budget this month, but the Scottish Conservatives are proposing tax cuts for high earners that would leave a £500 million hole in the budget according to new Scottish Government analysis.
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 Greater Glasgow & Clyde could lose up to £111.9 million.
SNP MSP for Renfrewshire South Tom Arthur, 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 risk valuable public services in Greater Glasgow & Clyde, including the NHS – and would be equivalent to cutting 2680 nurses in the region – and the Tories should explain why they’d prefer to give a handout to millionaires than to fund our hospitals.”