Cookie policy: This site uses cookies (small files stored on your computer) to simplify and improve your experience of this website. Cookies are small text files stored on the device you are using to access this website. For more information please take a look at our terms and conditions. Some parts of the site may not work properly if you choose not to accept cookies.

Join

Subscribe or Register

Existing user? Login

Policy and politics

SNP manifesto calls for devolution of the Misuse of Drugs Act

The Scottish National Party’s (SNP’s) 2019 general election manifesto calls for the devolution of the Misuse of Drugs Act, to allow Scotland to undertake “the full range of effective public health measures” to address drug addiction and prevent drug-related deaths.

Pending devolution of the Act, the Party’s manifesto asks the government to introduce a supervised drug consumption facility in Glasgow.

The SNP claims the Home Office has blocked proposals to pilot such a facility and drug consumption rooms would, it said, help “reduce the number of people dying from drug overdoses and tackle a rise in HIV among drug users”.

The manifesto also calls for an end to what it calls the NHS “spending gap” between Scotland and England. Frontline NHS spending in Scotland is £136 per head more than in England, the party said, claiming that closing this gap would “not only substantially increase health investment in England, but also allow us to increase the frontline investment in NHS Scotland to more than £17 billion by 2024/2025”.

The SNP also proposes a new law, the NHS Protection Act, which would “guarantee that trade deals will not undermine the founding principles of the NHS, nor open it to profit-driven exploitation”.

This law would mean that any future NHS trade deals would “require the explicit consent of the Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly, and Northern Irish Assembly”, the party said.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2019.20207400

Have your say

For commenting, please login or register as a user and agree to our Community Guidelines. You will be re-directed back to this page where you will have the ability to comment.

Recommended from Pharmaceutical Press

  • Drugs of Abuse

    Drugs of Abuse

    A concise, easy-to-read guide for healthcare professionals who encounter drug abuse.

    £38.00Buy now
  • Pharmaceutical Toxicology

    Pharmaceutical Toxicology

    Explains the methodology and requirements of pre-clinical safety assessments of new medicines. Includes registration requirements and pharmacovigilance.

    £40.00Buy now
  • Drugs and the Liver

    Drugs and the Liver

    Drugs and the Liver assists practitioners in making pragmatic choices for their patients. It enables you to assess liver function and covers the principles of drug use in liver disease.

    £38.00Buy now
  • Clarke's Analysis of Drugs and Poisons

    Clarke's Analysis of Drugs and Poisons

    Clarke's Analysis of Drugs and Poisons is the definitive reference source of analytical data for drugs and poisons.

    £535.00Buy now
  • Injectable Drugs Guide

    Injectable Drugs Guide

    A user friendly, single point of reference for healthcare professionals in the safe and effective administration of injectable medicines.

    £54.00Buy now

Search an extensive range of the world’s most trusted resources

Powered by MedicinesComplete
  • Print
  • Share
  • Comment
  • Save
  • Print Friendly Version of this pagePrint Get a PDF version of this webpagePDF

Newsletter Sign-up

Want to keep up with the latest news, comment and CPD articles in pharmacy and science? Subscribe to our free alerts.