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The Universal Truth

At some point in their lives anyone born and raised in Scotland has used the NHS in Scotland. The NHS in Scotland is funded each year to the tune of almost £13billion and consumes about 43% of the Scottish Government’s total budget. That money pays for over 140,000 whole-time equivalent staff and delivers 1.4 million hospital procedures and 17 million GP appointments a year – the equivalent of between 3 and 4 GP appointments for every woman, man and child living in Scotland.

And yet it is still not enough. Primary care is suffering a perfect storm - more GPs are leaving the profession than entering it, driving major recruitment and retention problems, at the very time when general practice has become more demanding and more complex than ever before as our population ages and more care is shifted from hospitals into the community.

And things are not much better in our hospitals. Throughout Scotland the traditional district general hospitals found in many larger Scottish towns cannot recruit enough Consultants - or enough nurses, physiotherapists, radiographers, lab staff, catering staff, cleaning staff, etc. These problems with recruitment and retention are not unique to Scotland – they are apparent across the developed world and in every continent.

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iScot Magazine December 2017 116 jam packed pages of the best craic in Scotland from the only truly independent pro Scottish magazine.