Matt Hancock shames SNP over ‘deeply regrettable’ bid to divide UK with NHS attack

Matt Hancock slams 'regrettable' SNP 'attempt at division'

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock has slapped down the SNP health spokeswoman Philippa Whitford during a heated clash over the NHS. Mr Hancock accused the ally of Nicola Sturgeon of seeking to “divide” the NHS as the pair debated the handling of the coronavirus pandemic in Scotland and England. Mr Hancock said the SNP’s “attempt at division within the NHS” is “deeply regrettable.”

“This attempt at division within the NHS is deeply regrettable.

“It is not what people want, it is not what people want in Scotland, it is not what people want anywhere across this country.

“NHS should be an institute we are all very proud of.

“Of course it is managed locally, it is managed locally across parts of England, it is managed locally under the devolution settlement in Wales and Scotland, and in health service in Northern Ireland. Rightly so.

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“But it ill behooves politicians to try and divide the NHS.

“It is a wonderful institution that should make us all proud to be British.”

It comes after Ms Whitford made a point in her question to the Secretary of pointing out there are “four NHSs.”

She said: “I am sure the Secretary of State is well aware that the Scottish NHS has been separate since 1948.”

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“And has been under direct Scottish government control for the last 20 years.

“So there are actually four NHSs.”

It comes as Nicola Sturgeon’s was warned that a suitable solution for the Scottish border would be “impossible” in the event of independence.

One IT specialist told Politico: “We’ve seen with the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland how difficult it is to have a land border between an EU and non-EU state.

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“If Scotland were to become independent and rejoin Europe, the border with England would be impossible, ” added Heather Herbert.

Meanwhile, an English farmer named Simon told ITV: said: “As the border is at the moment, we are backwards and forwards across the border.

Simon added: “But we are being driven by a decision which we can’t make,

“So we hope it doesn’t happen.”

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