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Public debate begins in Scotland on future of NHS

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h4266 (Published 07 August 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4266
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. 1Edinburgh

An open debate has begun on the future of health and social care services in Scotland, inspired by the high level of public engagement seen in last year’s independence referendum.

The “national conversation” seeks to involve the public in determining the priorities that will be set for the NHS over the next 15 years. It has been welcomed by doctors’ leaders, but they warn that the exercise needs to take account of the pressures on the system if the outcomes …

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