Population Health Protection (Independence)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 6 October 2022.

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Photo of Michelle Thomson Michelle Thomson Scottish National Party

The First Minister will have seen the truly shocking findings by the University of Glasgow and the Glasgow Centre for Population Health that were published yesterday in the

Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health

. They show that 19,299 excess deaths in Scotland are likely to have been caused by United Kingdom Government’s economic policy. The academics also report that that translates into 300,000 deaths across the UK—deaths that lie squarely at the door of the Tories.

Does the First Minister therefore agree that it is essential for the protection of our population’s health that Scotland escapes Westminster control and the Tories for good, and that that can be guaranteed only with independence?