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Scottish Health Care to Get Shake-Up for the Future

Magazine article Public Finance

Scottish Health Care to Get Shake-Up for the Future

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Health Minister Andy Kerr has launched a wide-ranging plan aimed at transforming health care in Scotland over the next two decades.

It could lead to specialist or complex care being concentrated in fewer hospital sites and the development of a network of rural hospitals to support remote communities.

Specific action would be taken in deprived areas to reduce health inequalities and greater emphasis placed on care in the community for the elderly, especially those with long-term conditions.

The plan follows an investigation by a group established by the Scottish Executive and led by cancer specialist Professor David Kerr.

Professor Kerr's report, Building a health service fit for the future, says the NHS in Scotland needs to change, not because of a crisis, but because health needs are changing rapidly. …

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