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February 14, 2019

There are few things worse than watching badly scripted parodies of real hospital life, but this week Scottish Labour managed to create one. Aside from the dodgy mood lighting, the broadcast took serious issues within healthcare and over-simplified the solutions.

In it, Labour’s health team (real stories, not real doctors, nurses or patients) exemplified some difficult and heart-breaking situations, accompanied by a dramatic healthcare setting (one of the patients looked pulseless according to the monitor) but without any acknowledgement that healthcare in Scotland has in many ways out-performed healthcare in Wales, where Labour have been in power for 5 consecutive parliaments.

Under Labour’s guidance healthcare spending in Wales has rem...

January 18, 2019

As part of our expanding series on the future of health for the UK, as we move closer to a conclusion to Brexit, we're examining the cost of a no-deal Brexit to various aspects of healthcare. 

If you're interested in joining our campaign to protect healthcare in an independent Scotland you can sign up.

January 18, 2019

As part of our expanding series on the future of health for the UK, as we move closer to a conclusion to Brexit, we're examining the cost of a no-deal Brexit to various aspects of healthcare. 

If you're interested in joining our campaign to protect healthcare in an independent Scotland you can sign up.

January 17, 2019

As part of our expanding series on the future of health for the UK, as we move closer to a conclusion to Brexit, we're examining the cost of a no-deal Brexit to various aspects of healthcare. 

If you're interested in joining our campaign to protect healthcare in an independent Scotland you can sign up.

January 17, 2019

As part of our expanding series on the future of health for the UK, as we move closer to a conclusion to Brexit, we're examining the cost of a no-deal Brexit to various aspects of healthcare. 

If you're interested in joining our campaign to protect healthcare in an independent Scotland you can sign up.

As the country waits with bated breath at the outcome of tonight's 'meaningful vote' on Brexit it is worth remembering that no Brexit is good for healthcare in the UK. 

Our infographic highlights the major areas that Brexit will impact on health, and nothing on the table at present mitigates these issues.  

January 8, 2019

Continuing our series on the history of healthcare in Scotland is todays breakdown of the Dewar Report - the blueprint for the Highlands and Islands Medical Service, and eventually the newly formed NHS. 

September 11, 2018

All four UK National Health Services face the same challenges of increasing demand, workforce shortages and tight finances. However, last year's Nuffield Trust report, 'Learning from Scotland's NHS', highlighted how health services north and south of the border have diverged significantly since devolution - in structure, financing and quality improvement. 

The most fundamental difference is that Scotland has an integrated NHS, with hospital and community services run by area Health Boards which are working with local authorities to integrate health and social care. 

In contrast, the 'healthcare market' approach in NHS England has fragmented the system, making it difficult for GP's, let alone patient, to navigate...

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DR. Philippa Whitford

MP for Central Ayrshire & 

Consultant Breast Surgeon

 

'While management of NHS Scotland is devolved, the funding depends on the block grant set by Westminster, so their decisions affect our Scottish NHS!'

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