Sturgeon in £200m NHS election pledge

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 07:31 GMT, Oct 17, 2015 |

Nicola Sturgeon is to pledge to build a new £200m network of NHS treatment centres for planned operations if the SNP wins next May’s Holyrood elections.

She will announce the new policy in her leader’s address to the SNP conference.

Ms Sturgeon will also accuse Prime Minister David Cameron of playing “fast and loose” with the UK’s membership of the EU.

And she will say the SNP will “campaign positively” to keep both Scotland and the UK in the EU.

With a growing elderly population, the Scottish NHS faces growing demand for hip and knee replacements and cataract operations.

Ms Sturgeon, who is Scotland’s first minister, believes the service will be “overwhelmed by the demand” unless there is new capacity.