Health and social care services are among the most fundamentally essential services in modern society. (Education is another. They will be coming for Scotland's education system in due course.) Health and social care is important enough that it becomes a signifier of nationhood. Proper nations have and control their own health and social care services just as they have and control their own education systems and their own armed forces. Scotland must not be allowed to think of itself as a nation. Ergo, Scotland must be deprived of those signifiers of nationhood...
If there is a glowing report on any aspect of NHS Scotland that Tom Gordon can't transform into a damning indictment then there isn't one that he can't assiduously disregard.
Trump is prostrate in the political gutter, awash with lies and deceit, proclaiming his honesty and sincerity in a manner that makes him less believable with every utterance.
Scotland cannot affect the outcome of this UK general election. The most Scottish voters might hope to do is slightly reduce the Tory majority.
While there has been no mention of a "UK-wide common framework" for health services we would anticipate that any proposals of this nature would be kept under very tight wraps.
Few things better symbolise Scotland's distinctive political culture than NHS Scotland. For that reason alone, it must be considered a prime target for seizure by the British state.
You were told! You chose to disregard the warnings. At least now take responsibility for your actions and seek to make amends.
I sincerely hope people read this article in full. Morag and Ulrich Fischer provide an insightful and informed overview of Scotland's mental health services. It's by no means an entirely favourable review. It is clear that much remains to be done. Overall, the article conveys a distinct sense of hope and confidence. But there are … Continue reading For the sake of sanity
It is disappointing to find The National referring to "the NHS", as if there were a single UK-wide health service. The British media and the British political parties habitually conflate NHS Scotland with NHS England in order to taint the Scottish health service with the defects and failings of its English counterpart. If it is … Continue reading Mind your language!
Shona Robison is, of course, quite correct to highlight the threat to Scotland's health service posed by Brexit. Talk of "an immigration system that works for the whole of the UK" from the British government makes no more sense than anything else about the entire Brexit fiasco. Devising such a system in the face of … Continue reading Beware of BritNats!