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Major changes proposed for NHS in Scotland

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i1028 (Published 19 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1028
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. Edinburgh

A new clinical strategy that recommends major changes to existing services will transform the way healthcare is provided in Scotland.

Under the plans announced by the health secretary, Shona Robison, primary care would be delivered by multidisciplinary teams, integrated with social services.1 GPs would focus on complex cases and give expert assessment of new cases.

Most hospitals would still deliver outpatient, diagnostic, and day case surgical services, but specialist services would be available at fewer sites. This is based on evidence that outcomes were …

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