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Questions of independence: The NHS

Would the National Health Service be better or worse off in an independent Scotland? We hear from both sides of the debate

By Willie Wilson & Jackson Carlaw  

University of Edinburgh medical school: © Kim Traynor


Just because the National Health Service is fully devolved, which means the Scottish government gets to make day-to-day choices about how it is run, that doesn’t mean it is protected from Westminster’s economic austerity policy. Osborne has promised £25bn more cuts to public spending, and Scotland’s share of that, £2.5bn, is headed our way after 2015. Whether we have a Tory government, or a coalition,…

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