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School Nurses

Health and Well-being – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:15 pm on 25th October 2007.

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Photo of Jim Tolson Jim Tolson Liberal Democrat 2:15 pm, 25th October 2007

To ask the Scottish Executive whether it still intends to implement the 2007 Scottish National Party manifesto pledge to double the number of school nurses. (S3O-959)

Photo of Shona Robison Shona Robison Scottish National Party

We are currently examining options for taking forward that manifesto pledge.

Photo of Jim Tolson Jim Tolson Liberal Democrat

Here we go again. The SNP made a clear and unambiguous commitment to double the number of school nurses, just as it committed itself to providing an additional 1,000 police officers. It is backtracking again. Can Scotland's schools anticipate even the equivalent of twice as many school nurses? Is this the unveiling of the Government's latest broken promise?

Photo of Shona Robison Shona Robison Scottish National Party

We have a bit of a rent-a-speech going on here. We are currently considering options for delivering our manifesto commitment. We are looking at the best model for delivering the increased school-based health resource that we want in order to improve our children's health. We want to give priority to children in the most disadvantaged areas. I am sure that members will appreciate that it is important to ensure that the model is correct before we roll out the policy. I assure Jim Tolson that we will take it forward—something that the previous Administration, of which the Liberal Democrats were part, did not do.