Linda Fabiani MSP for East Kilbride has welcomed Nicola Sturgeon’s latest announcement to give all pregnant women free vitamins by next spring as part of the Scottish Government’s increased support for parents and children.
The move to provide universal access of vitamins will improve parent and children’s health and has wide support among health professionals
It is the latest in announcement of the new government to strengthen support for parents, babies and children – alongside our introduction of a “baby box” and the expansion of childcare to 30 hours per week for all 3 and 4 year olds and vulnerable 2 year olds.
Commenting, Linda said:
“Every child deserves a fair and equal chance in life – that’s why I’m delighted to see First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s latest announcement of free vitamins for all pregnant women in Scotland. This move shows that the SNP Government is doing all it can to ensure children will get the best start in life – right from the start.
“This comes on top of our achievements of the last 9 years and is part of a concerted effort going forward to further tackle deprivation and to ensure parents, babies and children are healthy and supported.
“Within a year, every child born in Scotland will receive a baby box of essential items. We will also recruit 500 more health visitors to improve child health and wellbeing – and free childcare provision will be doubled to 30 hours per week.
“The SNP is working hard to continue improving equality and health in Scotland – and with new social security powers on the way, we will consider introducing a maternity and early years allowance to further this.”