Issue 85 A Check on Health and Social Care

Examines the state of Scotland's health and the state of the Health Service in Scotland. The Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport Shona Robison sets the scene with ‘Keeping the NHS fit for purpose‘ and Neil Findlay MSP argues that ‘Social care is the key to freeing up our NHS’.

Comment – new year but not new times

The Editor, Gregor Gall, on tactics to prevent another annus horribilis for most of the populace

Keeping the NHS Fit for Purpose

Shona Robison, Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport reflects on the past, present and future of our NHS

Social care is key to freeing up our NHS

Neil Findlay MSP argues that well paid and resourced social care is vital

TTIP – threatening, terrible, traumatic….

Richard Doherty warns that TTIP will increase corporate power over government policy

Equal access for all?

While welcoming the integration of health and social services, Tressa Burke sounds a note of caution

When the political is highly personal

John Daly offers insights as a result of his own personal experience of health and social care

Can good intentions lead to good results?

Paul Arkison raises questions about the transition to merging health and social services

Potential problems aplenty

Dave Watson reports on research which brings into doubt whether the potential of integration can be realised

Knowledge is power?

Chris Bartter says in a confused world of merging services, how do we find what’s going on?

Prioritising workers’ health and well-being

Andrew Watterson, Tommy Gorman and Jim McCourt paint a distressing picture of the state of occupational health and safety

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