Thomson Slams ‘Hypocrisy’ Over NHS

Published: August 24, 2014

Thomson Slams ‘Hypocrisy’ Over NHS, A former Labour Party chairman has accused ex-colleagues of “sheer hypocrisy” by attacking NHS privatisation in England while insisting it will have no impact on Scotland.

Bob Thomson, a leading figure in the Labour For Independence movement, said Better Together leader Alistair Darling, Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont and former Labour First Minister Jack McConnell are “fooling no-one with their claims that the Scottish NHS cannot be damaged by Westminster cuts”.

Mr Thomson said: “It is no surprise that already more than 230,000 Labour supporters have said they will vote Yes on September 18 and I have no doubt that this is due in no small part to the sheer hypocrisy of Darling, Lamont and now Jack McConnell.

“Today, to support their Tory partners in the No campaign, they say Scotland’s NHS faces no threat from Westminster.

“Yet they have said the exact opposite in previous campaigns. Labour MPs, including Alastair Darling, got elected campaigning on the threat that the Tories at Westminster pose to funding for our public services.

“Now they are asking us to trust the Westminster Tories with the future of our NHS.”

Yesterday, the Yes and No campaigns set out rival visions on the NHS.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie argued a Yes vote would “save Scotland’s NHS” on a visit to Glasgow’s Victoria Infirmary.

But Lord McConnell called on the nationalists to withdraw their “big huge lie” about the health service at a Better Together event in Edinburgh.

Lord McConnell said: “After four different First Ministers and five different Health Ministers our Parliament’s record on health is without question our own responsibility and has been achieved without interference. The idea that home rule inside the UK threatens the Scottish NHS is a lie.”

Mr Thomson said: “The deception here is clearly theirs.

“They cannot seriously expect Labour supporters to believe that while their colleagues in England and Wales are pointing up the damage to the NHS because of Westminster Tory cuts that somehow, magically, there would be no similar impact here given that Scotland depends on its funding from a Westminster block grant.”

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