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NHS in Scotland is “not financially sustainable,” auditors warn

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k4520 (Published 25 October 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4520
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. Edinburgh

A stark warning has been issued about the future of the health service in Scotland in a critical report that says it is not financially sustainable in its current form.

Audit Scotland has performed its annual health check on the service and found a continuing decline in performance, longer waiting times for patients, major workforce challenges, and increasing difficulty among health boards to deliver services within existing budgets.1

Only one of the eight key national performance targets was met in Scotland in 2017-18 (for patients with drug and alcohol issues to …

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