Health Secretary Alex Neil said the SNP would “absolutely” vote against the SNP Government’s proposed new MSP legislation to protect people with diabetes.
He said the legislation was the result of “overwhelming evidence” and would “not improve care for people with Type 1 Diabetes”.
He said the Scottish Government would now wait for the Scottish Parliament’s approval before making any decisions on whether to pass the legislation, which he said would ensure people with the condition were given “the best possible care and the best possible treatment”.
“If the SNP don’t want to act, I would not be surprised if the Scottish MPs voted against it,” Mr Neil said.
The SNP are also set to vote against a new Government Health and Social Care Bill, which will set out the government’s plans for health services in the wake of the Scottish referendum.
It will include a new health budget for Scotland, with a cap on the amount of money the NHS could spend on health services and a £4.6bn increase in the minimum wage for Scottish workers.
“This will be an important test for the SNP.
They will want to show they can deliver better services to Scottish people and they will want the SNP to be part of that,” Mr Morrison said.”
It will be the first step in putting a new system in place and they should be prepared to show that they are able to do so.”
Mr Neil said there would be no immediate changes to the NHS as a result of the SNP government’s proposed legislation.
But he said there was no question that “we need to put in place a very strong and effective system of health”.
Asked if there would then be a transition period to allow for the creation of a new NHS in Scotland, he said: “Yes.
But it is important we have a long term commitment to the system of Scottish NHS.”
Mr Morrison said he would meet the SNP health spokesman Jim Murphy on Thursday and was expected to make further announcements on the proposed legislation at a press conference.
“The first thing we are going to do is give the Scottish people the confidence to see what we have got and make sure we are prepared for the transition period,” he said.