Luke Graham MP Slams SNP Over Falling Scottish Life Expectancy

In Health Questions local MP, Luke Graham, slammed the SNP administration in Edinburgh over falling life expectancy in Scotland.

Scotland has the lowest life expectancy rate in the whole of the UK, and it is falling further for the first time in 35 years.

Currently the life expectancy rate in Scotland is 77 years for men and 81.1 years for women, compared to 79.2 years for men and 82.9 years for women in the rest of the UK.

These figures have seen the SNP come in for criticism for its stewardship of the NHS in Scotland. This comes off the back of poor healthcare performance across Scotland, but in NHS Tayside in particular.

Commenting after departmental questions, Luke Graham MP, said:

“After over a decade in power at Holyrood, Scotland's life expectancy is still the lowest in the UK, and falling for the first time in 35 years.

This is simply unacceptable, and comes off the back of poor healthcare performance across the board, and especially in NHS Tayside, where I have been working with local MSPs to fight against threats to close PRI. And a Health Secretary having to resign.

I asked the Health Minister what can be done to support the devolved administration to ensure Scotland does not fall further behind the rest of the UK.”