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SNP’s decade of failure to improve Scots mental or physical wellbeing

The number of Scots who consider their general health to be ‘good’ or ‘very good’ is at the lowest level since 2008, according to the Scottish Health Survey, published today.

In addition, the survey shows that Scots mental wellbeing is at its lowest level in a decade and levels of obesity have stagnated since 2008.

The Scottish Conservatives have said that these statistics show the SNP has “failed to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of Scots.”

Annie Wells, Scottish Conservative mental health spokesman said:

“During their decade in power, the SNP has profoundly failed to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of Scots.

“The SNP’s public health approach has failed and their mismanagement of the NHS has also made it harder for Scots to access help when they need it.

“Mental health waiting times are at an all time high and anti-depressant prescription is also increasing despite the SNP’s promise to reduce it.

“It’s no wonder Scots consider themselves to be less healthy after a decade of the SNP.”

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Notes to editors:

The full Scottish Health Survey report can be found here - https://www2.gov.scot/scottishhealthsurvey

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