Health takes centre stage in election campaigns in Scotland and Wales

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 26 April 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:900
  1. Bryan Christie,
  2. Roger Dobson
  1. Edinburgh
  2. Abergavenny

    Health care has taken centre stage in the party political campaigns for the national elections in Scotland and Wales on 1 May.

    In Scotland a general consensus has emerged among the four major parties on the future of the health service, although the Scottish Conservatives plan to restore GP fundholding and introduce foundation hospitals.

    Scottish Labour, the Scottish National party (SNP), and the Scottish Liberal Democrats all support the removal of a tier of bureaucracy through the abolition of NHS trusts. Labour …

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