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Executive Launches 'Radical Shift' in Health Care

Magazine article Public Finance

Executive Launches 'Radical Shift' in Health Care

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Health workers will be sent to deprived communities to provide health tests as part of a ten-year plan for the future of the NHS in Scotland announced by Health Minister Andy Kerr.

The proposals envisage a 'radical shift' in focus over the next decade, with the emphasis put on preventative medicine and the provision of a network of rural hospitals in which a new breed of 'generalist' doctors would deal with a variety of cases.

National centres of excellence for specialist services such as neurosurgery and cancer treatment are also proposed. Chronically ill patients will be encouraged to manage their own care at home.

Under the plans, there will be more private sector involvement in the NHS to bring down waiting times, a proposal likely to be opposed by the unions.

The reforms are based on the recommendations of an expert group led by a leading cancer specialist, Professor David Kerr. …

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