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JANUARY 2018 saw an unprecedented assault on NHS Scotland by Holyrood politicians. Nothing new there you might think. But this time it was coupled with an equally aggressive campaign by our press and broadcast media the likes of which I have never witnessed in my 35 years working in the NHS.

At the same time the Scottish NHS was hit with unprecedented demand. Our population is ageing and with that inevitably comes a higher level of chronic disease and debility and an increased likelihood of failure and falls. On top of that an icy winter saw the number of fractures attending our busy A&E departments rise by over 40%, stretching hard-pressed orthopaedic departments and operating theatres too. And to add insult to injury we were hit with a virtual epidemic of influenza, flooding GP surgeries and A&E departments, overloading medical and paediatric wards, filling up our intensive care beds and not infrequently killing people.

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iScot Magazine February 2017 100 jam packed pages of the best craic in Scotland from the only truly independent pro Scottish magazine.