Political parties promise more north of the border

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 26 May 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1269
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. Edinburgh

    The arrival of devolution in Scotland means that the coming general election is quite different from anything that has gone before. Health is now run by the Scottish parliament, which means that candidates standing for election will have no direct responsibility for the service.

    Moreover, where the manifestos of the main political parties do touch on health, they make different promises in Scotland from those that they make elsewhere. Nowhere is the difference clearer than in the issue of care for elderly people. In Scotland all the main political parties are committed to providing free personal care for the elderly (as recommended by the Sutherland report), but only the Liberal Democrats …

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