Health & the NHS

There Will Be No Back To Normal

"For years our health and social care systems have been underfunded. Its workers undervalued. The NHS is not a charity. We pay for it out of our taxes so that it is free at point of need. Nothing illustrates the failure of a government to protect the health and well being of its citizens more than a nonagenarian feeling the need to raise money for our public health care system by walking for miles round his garden. Change must happen. There can be no back to normal."

Scottish Child Mortality Rate Falls

"Thanks to a parliamentary question from the Lib Dems on Wednesday, the Scottish Government was able inform us that the mortality rate for children aged 1 to 9 has fallen 7%, from 10.39 per 100 000 in 2013 to 9.7 per 100 000 in 2018. The UK rate is also 9.7. Since 2007, the Scottish rate has fallen from 15 per 100 000 to the UK rate. In 2008, the UK figure was 12.3 per 100 000."

Scotland - 8% Of The Population But 15% Of The Social Housing

"Overall, house building is at a lower level with 27 houses built for every 1 000 people in England and 35 built in Scotland but it is in the social housing, built by local authorities and housing associations, that we see the failure to provide homes for the less well off so clearly. Scotland has built 51 380 such homes while England with ten times the population has built 297 440, less than six times as many."