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SNP accuse Labour of plotting NHS 'privatisation' and promise Bill to protect the health service

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SNP Westminster leader Stephen Flynn has promised to introduce a Bill to protect the NHS within 100 days of the general election.

Flynn claimed the move is necessary as Labour are planning “massive privatisation” of the health service if they win power. He claimed Keir Starmer’s Labour is “far more interested in selling the NHS than saving it.” Scottish Labour's deputy leader Jackie Baillie angrily denied the suggestion: “Stephen Flynn is doing the Tories’ work for them as he fabricates outright lies to attack Labour."Labour also accused the Nationalists of “gimmicks” and said the SNP promised a similar Bill before the last general election.In his column for the Daily Record, Flynn claimed there is a “consensus” between the Tories and Labour at Westminster over the private sector in the NHS.He wrote: “The deeply disappointing thing is that the Labour Party is now joining the Tories in this Westminster push for NHS privatisation."He said of Labour’s shadow health secretary Wes Streeting:“He has been hinting at his privatisation plans for the best part of two years."He has openly discussed “holding the door wide open” to private interests in the NHS, and private healthcare investors have said the Labour Party would “kick-start private sector investment much more proactively than the Tories were able to do.”He added: “The Labour Party isn’t hiding it anymore either - massive privatisation of the NHS is now their plan.”“That’s why after the election, in the first 100 days, SNP MPs will bring forward a new law at Westminster to keep the NHS safely in public hands.

A new SNP law that will bind the hands of the UK government – ensuring our health service is fully protected as publicly owned, publicly operated, and with its

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