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NHS funding is not keeping pace with increasing demand and the needs of an ageing population. NHS boards are facing an extremely challenging financial position and many had to use short-term measures to break even. That’s the key message in a report that makes grim reading from Audit Scotland on the NHS in Scotland. Although Scotland’s health budget increased by 2.7% in real terms from the previous year, it is not keeping up with growing demand.  Between 2010/11 and 2014/15, the annual percentage change in the total health budget has been less than 1% and below the UK inflation rate. […]
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As the debate around Scotland’s future moves into the final six months of its long campaign timeline, other issues are being drowned out by the noise of the constitutional drum-banging. But one issue that will not go away is the future of the NHS in Scotland. In Scotland there is a cross-party consensus that the NHS in Scotland will not go down the privatisation route being imposed by the Westminster coalition government. Even the Tories in Scotland accept that. But this does not mean that all is well in the NHS north of the border. The reality is that the […]
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Matt McLaughlin says Think NHS Scotland – Think Nurses Let’s face it, everyone loves nurses. Whether it’s a photograph of nurses on a 1980’s picket line or imagery of a modern nurse, in a clinical environment, for many Scots if we are thinking about the NHS we think about nurses. The last few months have been tougher than usual on Scotland Nurses. As the reality of budget cuts and short staffing began to bite over the winter, the service struggled to cope. Media sources were filled with horrific stories of service failure and the governments top men and women were […]
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Iain Gray MSP argues that steady as she goes is no longer an option for NHS Scotland. Someone said that there are two kinds of politicians; those who fail, and those who get out in time. Many are now asking if Nicola Sturgeon is one who got out of the Health portfolio in the nick of time? When I was a junior health minister, Sam Galbraith, MSP and surgeon told me, “there is a health crisis in the newspapers every day – don’t worry about it”. That was not true for much of Nicola Sturgeon’s tenure in Health. It is […]
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