The NHS – A Recent History

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Scotland has had three health minsters in three years. In 2012 the number of trainee nurses was cut significantly. In 2013 the RCN warned of intolerable stress levels in the Scottish NHS and that health services are only managing to meet demand because of nurses willing to go the extra mile for free. In 2014 we learned from the IFS that the Scottish Government had cut real terms spending on the health by 1.2% whilst the UK Government had increased spending by 4.4%. On Wednesday an FOI request highlighted that the Scottish Government’s budget was underspent by £444m last year. Now we learn that in Scotland patients are being turned away from hospitals.

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