Health & the NHS

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."

NHS England In Crisis

"This Tory regime over more than ten years now has let them (people in England) down badly. It’s not just about money, it’s about the political leadership and management of NHS Scotland. Nearly 3 years ago the Nuffield Trust identified the key role of the Scottish Government in enabling NHS Scotland to thrive and to improve, leaving the NHS in England and, for that matter, Wales, in its wake:

Scotland has a unique system of improving the quality of health care. It focuses on engaging the altruistic professional motivations of front-line staff to do better, and building their skills to improve. Success is defined based on specific measurements of safety and effectiveness that make sense to clinicians..."  Read on.