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Scottish health service escapes government cuts of £1.2bn

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c6647 (Published 22 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6647
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. 1Edinburgh

Prescription charges will be abolished in Scotland next April, and expensive policies such as free personal care for elderly people are set to continue, despite the need for sweeping cuts in public services.

The Scottish government has announced £1.2bn (€1.4bn; $1.9bn) of spending cuts, which will hit education, housing, transport, and prisons hard but will leave NHS Scotland largely untouched. The NHS budget will increase marginally to £11.75bn from the current £11.66bn, not enough to keep pace with inflation. …

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