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SNP votes for Scotland to quickly adopt new currency if it leaves UK | Politics | The Guardian
tl;dr grassroots is more keen than SNP Party/Commission -
In a narrow victory for the grassroots, the party conference agreed by 52 votes to amend part of a wide-ranging economic blueprint, created by the party’s sustainable growth commission, to allow for a new currency to be fast-tracked and “ready for introduction as soon as practicable after Independence Day”.

The SNP leader and first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, had urged the membership to support a more gradual approach before this weekend’s campaign conference in Edinburgh.

& - Scottish independence campaign must learn from Brexit, SNP told Campaign should adopt conciliatory tone, activist says before SNP conference

&! - The SNP has backed proposals for a new currency in an independent Scotland - although the leadership was defeated over the timing.
indyref2  SNP  Brexit 
april 2019 by asterisk2a
Data on NHS waiting lists in Scotland ‘suggests interference’ | Scotland | The Times & The Sunday Times
[ar politicians meddling with the statistics?] The UK Statistics Authority, the official regulator, has looked into a complaint about the publication of waiting list information by the Scottish NHS and concluded that staff made “a series of misjudged decisions”. They accuse the statistics arm of NHS Scotland — the Information Services Division (ISD) — of “catering more for the needs of policy officials” than patients. &! - It was concerned figures given by the Information Services Division (ISD) did not give a full picture of the scale of the problem and that patients returning for treatment, as well as first time patients, had to endure long waits.
NHS  Scotland  Politics  SNP  waiting  time  referral  Grampian  accountability  statistics  GP  delayed  treatment  Cancer  CVD  diabetes  obesity  pain  elective  urgent  A&E  care  social  adult  Council  bedblocking  bed  blocking  overweight  mental  health  Disabled  chronic  sick  population  ageing  premature  demographic  bubble  babyboomers  baby  boomers  disease 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
Snacks, fags and booze: Scotland's triple health challenge | Holyrood Magazine
Obesity is linked to 13 types of cancer, as well as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and strokes, with obesity-related illnesses costing Scotland approximately £4.6bn. The annual cost of type 2 diabetes alone to NHS Scotland is £800m.

Obesity is now the second biggest risk factor for cancer after smoking and Cancer Research UK has warned that Scotland is in the grip of an obesity epidemic, with Scots consuming 110 tonnes of sugar a day, fuelled by promotions on unhealthy foods. [...] experts have concluded that only a change in diet can tackle Scotland’s weight problems. [...] “obesogenic environment” &! advocacy for nanny state - &!
NHS  Scotland  obesity  CVD  overweight  Cancer  health  care  demand  chronic  sick  population  medical  advances  rationing  Austerity  STP  demographic  bubble  self-medication  coping  mechanism  abuse  food  S.A.D.  western  diet  lifestyle  Alcohol  Tobacco  stroke  heart  attack  fast  junk  Shona  Robison  SNP  Nicola  Sturgeon  waiting  times  diabetes  Disabled  Productivity  economic  damage  mental  public  nanny  state 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
Fall in planned operations in Scottish hospitals - BBC News
7% drop in planned ops (non-urgent). The health board has blamed problems recruiting staff. [...] Fewer beds being available in hospitals for patients having scheduled operations has been cited as one of the reasons why the number of procedures was down. Official figures show the total number of hospital beds available in Scotland in March dropped by 382 from 22,240 to 21,858. [...] A spokeswoman for NHS Grampian said: "The reduction in the number of procedures taking place is a direct result of the challenges we have faced in staffing.
"This does not just cover theatres themselves but also vital pre- and post-operative care.
"We continue to actively recruit to a range of posts but - in common with many Scottish boards - are facing a shortage of suitably qualified candidates in some areas."
She added that while they were unable to meet the Scottish government's legal waiting time guarantee they had created a new system for prioritising patients. [CANCER, A&E ops] &! &!
NHS  Grampian  Scotland  waiting  times  rationing  Cancer  diabetes  CVD  obesity  ageing  chronic  sick  population  demographic  bubble  Austerity  STP  health  care  demand  SNP  Shona  Robinson  premature  staff  shortage  locum  Nurses  vacancies  recruitment 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
Patients pay the price as it's revealed NHS Scotland is short of 476 top doctors amid recruitment crisis - Daily Record
The number of consultant and nursing vacancies waiting to be filled in Scotland has rocketed to record levels.
A recruitment crisis means that in June, there were 476 empty consultants posts – 8.5 per cent of the total.
And 229 of the vacancies had been empty for more than six months.
It was a bleak story for nurses and midwives, too, where there were 3231 unfilled posts – 5.2 per cent of the workforce. &!
NHS  Scotland  staff  shortage  locum  waiting  times  rationing  SNP  Austerity  health  care  demand 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
Health and social care integration underfunded, MSPs warned - Evening Express
The integration of health and social care is underfunded and lacks a long-term financial strategy, a Holyrood committee has been told.

The budget shortfall means the required shift in the balance of care will take longer to achieve, according to the authorities set up to oversee the change.
NHS  Scotland  Council  SNP  bedblocking  bed  blocking  adult  social  care  elderly  mental  health 
august 2017 by asterisk2a
SNP NHS bed-blocking crisis: Over 200,000 beds lost a DAY as patients wait to leave | UK | News |
bed blocking the size of scotlands super hospital // Scottish Labour said 1,377 beds had been filled every day since the start of the year, the equivalent of adult capacity at Glasgow’s £842 million Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. [...] Information Services Division Scotland figures show a total of 206,537 bed days were lost between January and May this year. In February it emerged some patients were languishing more than a year to be discharged.
NHS  Scotland  SNP  Shona  Robison  Nicola  Sturgeon  social  care  adult  Disabled  bedblocking  bed  blocking  Austerity  Council  Privatisation 
july 2017 by asterisk2a
Fears over possible health board mergers | Press and Journal
[ Scottisch version of STP?! super mergers do not equate to super hospitals nor super patient focused care nor super quality ] A statement on behalf of NHS Boards in the North of Scotland Planning Group confirmed that all the different organisations were currently working in partnership to prepare “regional delivery plans” which will include service and workforce planning across the region.

It added: “These ongoing collaborations include cancer networks, cardiac services, child and adolescent mental health services and neonatal services.

“All six boards work together to connect across boundaries to deliver sustainable, high-quality services as close to home as possible for all patients in the North.” A Scottish Government spokesman said: “Our focus is on promoting greater collaboration between NHS boards, and with partners, to deliver modern, sustainable health and social care services. “Regional and national delivery plans will also be delivered to improve services.”
NHS  Scotland  Grampian  STP  Austerity  rationing  health  care  demand  CVD  cancer  diabetes  chronic  sick  population  SNP  Shona  Robison  Nicola  Sturgeon  demographic  bubble  ageing  premature 
july 2017 by asterisk2a
Authors of NHS report pressured to tone it down | Scotland | The Times & The Sunday Times
Senior civil servants put pressure on independent auditors to reword a critical report on the running of the Scottish NHS, saying it was “alarmist” and unbalanced, documents have revealed.

Scottish government officials, including Paul Gray, the chief executive of NHS Scotland, and Christine McLaughlin, the director for health finance, objected to the tone of Audit Scotland’s analysis and tried to secure multiple changes before it was published, the documents show.
NHS  Scotland  SNP  Austerity  health  care  demand  ageing  chronic  sick  population 
july 2017 by asterisk2a
Clear majority of Scots say the UK is going in wrong direction (From The National)
BARELY more than a quarter of Scots believe the UK is headed in the right direction, with a clear majority confident it is going the wrong way, according to a new poll.

Just 27 per cent of the Scottish sample of respondents to the latest survey by former Tory donor Lord Ashcroft said they believed the UK was on the "right track", compared to 55 who said it was going in the "wrong direction".

The same poll found Nicola Sturgeon was the only politician in Scotland with a positive approval rating.
Scotland  indyref2  SNP  Brexit  Nicola  Sturgeon  England  UK 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
Extreme Scottish nationalists: hunting lapdogs and traitors
The Scottish government has pledged to keep the next referendum debate "informed" - but not all independence supporters agree.  //&! Extreme Scottish unionists: how the hard right has muscled into the independence debate

During the last Scottish referendum, pro-union campaigners tried to ignore the most extreme members of their own side. But can they afford to do so again? -
indyref2  Scotland  Brexit  SNP  far-right  right-wing 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
Scotland ‘should become province of Canada’, says author - The Scotsman
lol, leave England, and join Canada as a Province // The inevitable comparisons with Quebec are made, with McGoogan referencing the motion passed by the Canadian government in 2006 that recognised the province as being ‘a nation within a united Canada’. McGoogan also points out that Quebec has refused to sign the country’s Constitution Act of 1982, but adds that ‘constitutionally, Canada has muddled on without that signature for 35 years - and looks good to go for another 35.’
Scotland  England  Brexit  indyref2  far-right  right-wing  SNP  Nicola  Sturgeon  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  Westminster  Whitehall  Holyrood 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
Nicola Sturgeon sets out global vision for Scotland - BBC News
Independence would offer Scotland the best way of making a positive contribution to the world, Nicola Sturgeon has claimed.
The first minister was speaking at Stanford University in California as she continued her five-day US trip.
Ms Sturgeon also urged the UK government to recognise the "right" of Scots to decide their own future.
Opposition parties said she was trying to build support for a referendum which the majority of Scots did not want.
Scotland  SNP  indyref2  Nicola  Sturgeon 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
Effort to bring in 800 mental health workers to North-east revealed by ministers - Evening Express
[SNP's mental health strategy - - ] Announcing the new 10-year strategy to improve provisions, the MSP said the 800-strong staffing boost was key to improving access to services. [...] “We’ll increase the workforce to give access to dedicated mental health professionals to all A&Es, all GP practices, every police station custody suite, and to our prisons. “Over the next five years increasing additional investment of £35 million for our 800 workers in those key settings. [...] “We want to see a nation where mental health is person-centred and recognises the life-changing benefits of fast effective treatment. “Failing to recognise mental health costs not only our economy but individuals and communities.”
NHS  Grampian  Scotland  Shona  Robison  SNP  Nicola  Sturgeon  mental  health  CAMHS  Transgender  LGBT  well  being  GP  A&E 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
NHS Grampian's chief executive had largest pension increase in Scotland | Press and Journal
[ suspending "trouble makers" potential whistleblowers. standard practice in NHS! especially when said doctors think patients at risk and or culture and management put patients at risk ] But last September, at the end of an extensive investigation by the General Medical Council, he was among eight consultants who were cleared of any wrongdoing. In January, he spoke for the first time since his suspension, where he criticised senior management at the board for failing to act on a damning report from Health Improvement Scotland more than two years before. // MORE FROM THE PRESS AND JOURNAL -
Scottish Government underfunds north health authories by more than £20million & Six million cost of suspended NHS staff & ARI surgeons under investigation cleared by watchdog
NHS  Grampian  Austerity  Scotland  Shona  Robison  SNP  Nicola  Sturgeon  Aberdeen 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
Sturgeon says May’s Brexit timescale matches referendum plan | Politics | The Guardian
Nicola Sturgeon has said there is no longer any rational case against a second Scottish independence referendum after Theresa May told her that the full Brexit deal would be known within 18 months.

The first minister said May’s disclosure, during a meeting in Glasgow, closely matched the Scottish government’s timescale for calling a fresh referendum between autumn 2018 and spring 2019. [...] She said she had reminded the prime minister that later this week she would be writing formally to ask the UK government to hand over the powers to stage a referendum in about two years’ time, but May had retorted that her position was clear: the UK government would not grant those powers until after Brexit was completed and the UK had left the EU. [ May banking hoping that SNP will lose majority in Holyrood ]
Brexit  indyref2  Nicola  Sturgeon  Theresa  May  SNP  Tories  Conservative  Party  Holyrood  Westminster  Whitehall  Career  Politicians  Politics 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed she will ask for... - BBC Scotland News
very different to May's Global Britain speech, she tried to sell people,
indyref2  Scotland  SNP  Nicola  Sturgeon  Speech  Theresa  May 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
Theresa May lays down independence vote challenge to Sturgeon | Politics | The Guardian
PM escalates attacks on SNP demand for greater autonomy after Brexit, throwing down referendum gauntlet [...] The prime minister told the Scottish Conservative party she would fight against any further decentralisation of power which meant the UK became “a looser and weaker union”. “We cannot allow our United Kingdom to drift apart,” she said. In a marked escalation of her attacks on the first minister’s demand for greater autonomy for the Scottish parliament after Brexit, May said there would be a strict limit to any extra powers and spending.

“We must avoid any unintended consequences for the coherence and integrity of a devolved United Kingdom as a result of our leaving the EU,” May told the Scottish Tory conference in Glasgow on Friday. [...] Despite the SNP’s grip on power in Scotland, Downing Street believes Sturgeon is in a weak position on independence. &!
SNP  Scotland  Devolution  Nicola  Sturgeon  Alex  Salmond  Theresa  May  Barnett  formula  Austerity  indyref2  Manchester  Wales  EVEL  Brexit  EU  Funding  redistribution  income  inequality  Holyrood 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
UK Government sources question 'fairness' of another independence poll before Brexit (From HeraldScotland)
UK Government sources have cast doubt on the legitimacy of another independence referendum before Brexit - as the battle for Scottish public opinion hots up.

Before the last referendum both the Scottish and UK Governments agreed that it had to be “fair, legal and decisive”.

But Conservative Government sources have questioned whether a vote before the outcome is known would clear that first hurdle and pass the the 'fairness' test -
Scotland  Holyrood  indyref2  SNP  Theresa  May  Brexit 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
Increased number of people in North-east given heart disease diagnosis - Evening Express
Last year the charity committed to stepping up its work with NHS Grampian, after it was revealed that cardiac patients in the North-east were facing a 40-week wait for treatment.

The charity urged anyone with problems due to enduring long waits to get in touch for advice, and said that it planned to contact the Government about spiralling waiting times for Grampian’s heart patients.
CVD  premature  ageing  sick  chronic  population  NHS  Grampian  Austerity  rationing  SNP  Shona  Robison  demographic  bubble  Scotland  public  health 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
NHS inspection reports: Bosses admit SNP had access to secret results | UK | News |
[ NHS is political football ] Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) was launched in 2011 to improve care standards, although it has few statutory enforcement powers.

As it is part of the NHS, campaigners, politicians and even the OECD world forum have said the health service is effectively “marking its own homework”. HIS has inspected dozens of hospitals and health boards over the past six years, exposing many care, staffing and cleanliness problems. [...] She said: “There is a classic example from NHS Grampian, when there were major issues… We triangulated information with the General Medical Council and the consultants, and we also met patient groups in Grampian. During that time and before the report was published, the report was shared with Government, not so that changes could be made but so that action could be taken on some of the serious problems in Grampian.”
NHS  Scotland  SNP  CQC  HIS  Shona  Robison  Holyrood  public  health  Jeremy  Hunt  Austerity  STP  Simon  Stevens  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  Grampian 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
Inequality report: Top 1% of Scots have more than bottom 50% - The Scotsman
The richest one per cent north of the border owns more wealth than the bottom 50 per cent, with the poorest 40 per cent of households 9.4 times worse off in 2012/14 than the top 10 per cent, compared with 8.8 times in 2010/12. The research paper found that the least wealthy 30 per cent of households “have very few assets, with employment no longer a guarantee against low wealth.”
Scotland  inequality  Gini  Coefficient  poverty  trap  working  poor  income  mobility  social  education  public  health  distribution  redistribution  Super  Rich  1%  10%  Oligarchy  Plutocracy  UK  Precariat  downward  SNP  taxation  upward  skills  skill-biased  technological  unemployment 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
Patient 'waited 508 days' for hospital discharge - BBC News
Waits of more than six months were found in Ayrshire and Arran, Grampian, Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Lanarkshire, Shetland and the Western Isles. The number of patients waiting for more than three months represented a small minority of those who experienced a delayed discharge during the three-year period.
NHS  bed  blocking  Scotland  elderly  care  adult  social  Council  Austerity  SNP  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  Jeremy  Hunt  Simon  Stevens  ageing  population  demographic  bubble  sick  chronic  complex  England  UK  health  demand  GP  A&E 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
Attacked by patients on understaffed wards, hospitals at breaking point... North-east nurses speak out | Press and Journal
NHS Grampian nurses fear they are putting patient' safety at risk because they are being left "physically and mentally exhausted" working on understaffed wards, says the Press and Journal. //&! &! Patients at increased risk of infection because hospitals so full, report warns -
NHS  Grampian  staff  shortage  Austerity  Scotland  SNP  Shona  Robison 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
Spiralling prescription drug bill threatening care services | Press and Journal
[ aging chronically sick patients (demographic overhang) w 3 4 5 10 medications ] The crisis sparked a public row after Aberdeen’s health and social care partnership said in a report that the bill was “uncontrollable”. It is expected to top £100million next year – £40million in the Granite City, £45 million in Aberdeenshire and more than £17million in Moray. //&!
NHS  Grampian  adult  social  care  elderly  Aberdeen  Austerity  health  demand  sick  population  Demographic  bubble  chronic  ageing  prevention  Scotland  SNP  Nicola  Sturgeon  Shona  Robison  GP 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
Anti-Brexit MP channels famous Trainspotting monologue in parliament - BBC Newsbeat
"Choose hate crime rising by over 40% and LGBT hate crime by 150% in England and Wales following the Brexit vote. Choose taking the people of our nations to the polls on one of the most important issues of a generation with nothing written down and no plan." // re Daily Mail - Stop Funding Hate Speech Campaigns in UK
Brexit  Article  50  SNP  Scotland  Culture  Trainspotting  NHS  hate  crime  speech  LGBT  Polish  Poland  stigma  right-wing  far-right  DailyMail 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
Making Britain Great Again by Niall Ferguson - YouTube
Brexit is a misnomer. it is not about British, Brexit is about the English! And Scotland failed to amend the outcome. What matters is age in turnout. The problem of granny voting out. GENERATIONAL CONFLICT in 21st century. And general inequality. Sovereignty was smth for alt-right people (authoritarian liking correlation). [...] and most importantly, IT IS NOT THE ECONOMY ANY MORE, STUPID (identity over pay day). At least for half of it. See also Donald Trump. LIES IN POLITICS HAVE NEVER BEEN MORE POWERFULL THAN 2016 - Brexit and Trump. DailyMail about EEA's. Immigrants take no jobs from "English." Immigration has contributed to growth (GDP). + WILL BE LONGEST DIVORCE. = HIT TO ECON WILL BE AS HARSH AS PREDICTED! HARD BREXIT MIGHT EVEN BE UNDERESTIMATED. [...] Populism (multiculturalism, social liberalism, immigration, environmentalism, feminism, globalisation, capitalism/corporatism) vs Cosmopolitism & Econ Left vs Econ Right [...] Brexit campaign was succesulf as in that leave voters dont think didnt think economically, it would make much of a difference. The more you were for Brexit, the less economics mattered. THIS DIVORCE WIL COST WAY MORE THAN ANYONE COULD HAVE THOUGHT ... and longer. Not 2 years. [...] When populist leaders seek to exploit (populism) policy for their own end (&personal career/gain), the sceptical voter should be ver ver very suspicious.
Brexit  Scotland  SNP  Westminster  Whitehall  political  history  economic  immigration  identity  politics  Generationengerechtigkeit  Generation  Millennials  UK  Populism  Populismus  alt-right  far-right  right-wing  corporatism  Corporate  crony  capitalism  Exploitation  globalisation  Multiculturalism  liberal  liberalism  Elite  Establishment  Privileged 
january 2017 by asterisk2a
Doctors warn ‘struggling’ NHS could be forced to cut back treatment - The Scotsman
The situation has become so critical that in future hospitals may have to look at scaling back treatment for many patients, the British Medical Association Scotland has said.
Dr Peter Bennie, head of BMA Scotland depicts a service which is “overburdened and underfinanced” with doctors and nurses “burnt out” and argues that Scottish Government claims of record funding “completely miss the point”. “If the gap between demand and resources is going to continue, then there is no choice but to ask what the NHS in Scotland can and can’t deliver in the future.”
 [...] Funding for the health service has been “virtually stagnant” UK-wide since the onset of austerity and is not keeping pace with growing demands, Dr Bennie added.
NHS  austerity  Shona  Robinson  Jeremy  Hunt  Simon  Stevens  Crisis  health  care  demand  budget  SNP  UK  sick  population  CVD  cancer  diabetes  medical  advances  ageing  demographic  bubble  premature  adult  social  rationing  STP 
december 2016 by asterisk2a
Report finds 1 in 5 Scottish children living in poverty - The Scotsman
An official Scottish Government report showing that around one in five Scottish children is living in poverty was described as a “scandal” last night. //&!
UK  poverty  child  working  tax  credit  poor  Scotland  SNP  Holyrood 
december 2016 by asterisk2a
Derek Mackay's first budget is 'safety first', say tax experts (From The National)
TAX experts last night agreed Finance Secretary Derek Mackay had set out a “safety first” draft Budget in Holyrood yesterday.

Moira Kelly of the Chartered Institute of Taxation in Scotland said the plans he unveiled highlighted “the tricky challenge of investing in public services while maintaining a competitive tax base”.
UK  budget  NHS  SNP  Scotland  Holyrood  Austerity  Council 
december 2016 by asterisk2a
Scottish government accused of cutting £330m from council funding | UK news | The Guardian
Mackay said this very centrist policy was designed to protect Scotland’s sluggish economy, which has been underperforming after the collapse in global oil prices hit North Sea industries.
SNP  Austerity  UK  Council 
december 2016 by asterisk2a
Car Crash: Angela Constance on the SNP's timid record on inequality. - YouTube
unpalatable to take also from squeezed middle class to redistribute to poor. not just upper 20% // need more tax avoidance and evasion measure. // and corp tax and capital gains / capital income tax. (lower tax bracket if you investment in workforce skills) //&! - policy adfviser ! NHS Crisis solved w more taxation. most progressive taxation ?! CONSUMPTION OF ANIMAL PRODUCTS, ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO!
NHS  Crisis  Scotland  income  redistribution  inequality  poverty  working  poor  SNP  child  public  health  sick  population  gini  Coefficient  social  mobility  taxation 
november 2016 by asterisk2a
Mark Blyth on the Brexit vote - YouTube
the start of Trumpism. Every country has a version of it. 80% of the bottom got a shit deal (trickle down) for the last 30 years. &! - Economic Anger Of Working Class &! ppl left out of the econ growth prosperity, not participated. Osborne saying econ grows. But that has nothing to do w working ppl in xyz who seen living standard deteriorate further. ..&!
Trumpism  Brexit  UKIP  Centrists  Donald  Trump  AfD  Front  National  Italy  Germany  France  UK  USA  economic  history  gini  Coefficient  tax  avoidance  evasion  income  inequality  growth  working  poor  Elite  Plutocracy  SNP  indyref  indyref2  Nationalism  austerity  wage  Productivity  technocrat  Greece  PIGS  democracy  1%  10%  20%  lobby  revolving  door  output  gap  skills  Mark  Blyth  crony  capitalism  neoliberal  neoliberalism  insecurity 
october 2016 by asterisk2a
Nationalist Gerry Hassan on the timidity of Scotland's SNP Government. - YouTube
SNP lacks progressive policy ideas and policy turnaround. no urgency internally ... not addressing the real issues. budget deficit w progressive policy. //&! Not for the squeamish: Andrew Neil v the SNP's Angus Robertson on #IndyRef2 at #SNP16. -
SNP  indyref2  Austerity  inequality  education  policy  Nicola  Sturgeon 
october 2016 by asterisk2a
Crisis-hit Scots NHS board has "no plan" to deal with £11.6m budget deficit, says auditor (From Herald Scotland)
NHS Tayside has been plunged into a fresh crisis as a report shows it needs to make “unprecedented” savings of £58.4 million following four years of government bailouts.

Auditor General Caroline Gardner signalled the board was facing a £11.6m budget shortfall this year with had no clear plan for how to cope with the funding gap.

It has previously received £24.3 million in state rescue packages since 2012.
Ms Gardner warned there was a “significant risk” the health board will not meet its financial plan in 2016/17 or subsequent years and will require yet another bailout.
NHS  Scotland  Austerity  Crisis  sick  population  ageing  health  care  demand  budget  SNP 
october 2016 by asterisk2a
SNP government defeated after Holyrood health debate - BBC News
[ ~closing xyz that exists twice within vicinity/within one health trust~ ] - Labour's motion for the NHS debate highlighted proposed changes to services at the Vale of Leven Hospital, the Royal Alexandra Hospital, Inverclyde Hospital, Monklands Hospital, Lightburn Hospital, the Royal Hospital for Sick Children and the Centre for Integrative Care.
The party argued that the proposals "constitute major changes in service provision" and therefore should be decided on by ministers rather than local health boards. &!
NHS  Crisis  Scotland  Austerity  SNP  Shona  Robinson  Nicola  Sturgeon  Holyrood  ageing  population  sick  demographic  bubble  public  health  care  demand  budget 
september 2016 by asterisk2a
Have the SNP put a second referendum on the back burner? - YouTube
there will be reg polling abt indyref2. opinion has to shift. maybe due to economy, more austerity, brexit conditions, ... // will be called when you know you can w indyref2 when sentiment shifts towards 60% and you may have fixed the budget deficit too. ... plus still rnd 40% voted to leave EU. If indyref2 means also to join EU, SNP must have strong and sound case not just economically!
indyref2  Brexit  SNP 
september 2016 by asterisk2a
NHS boards face cuts totalling £407m (From Herald Scotland)
Scottish health boards are facing up to budget cuts on a scale never achieved before, and some are proposing savings deemed "high risk".
Figures on cuts planned by Scotland's 14 regional health boards and seven specialist boards showed total savin of £407m to be achieved this year. Critics said this would wipe out in a single year the bulk of the SNP's manifesto pledge to invest an extra £500 million in the NHS over the course of the next parliament. //^&! NHS Grampian saving 18.5m after ~40m injection of extra cash. -
NHS  Scotland  Transgender  Shona  Robinson  Austerity  health  care  demand  Nicola  Sturgeon  SNP  Theresa  May  England  ageing  population  GP  prevention  sick  Grampian  Crisis  obesity  heart  disease  attack  diabetes  mental  stroke  alcohol  abuse  demographic  bubble  baby  boomers  babyboomers  premature  chronic  Diseases  diet-related  lifestyle  waiting  times  cancer 
august 2016 by asterisk2a
Police Scotland cancels unified IT project plagued by problems | UK news | The Guardian
large projects reigning in legacy systems ... it's not just big build like airports (BER).
SNP  Scotland  Universal  Credit  Holyrood 
july 2016 by asterisk2a
NHS Scotland will not be able to provide the same level of service in the future unless urgent action is taken to alleviate the pressures it faces, according to a new report. The health service is struggling with tightening budgets, rising costs, higher demand for services, pressure to meet targets and increased staff vacancies, Audit Scotland said. It warned the Scottish Government has not made sufficient progress towards its 2020 vision to change the balance of healthcare to more community-based settings. [...] Boards spent £284 million on temporary staff in 2014/15, an increase of 15% from the previous financial year.

The number of agency nursing and midwifery staff increased by 53% while s pending on locum doctors increased by 22%.
NHS  Grampian  NHS  Scotland  austerity  staff  morale  staff  shortage  locum  staff  locum  doctor  SNP  health  care  budget  health  care  cost  health  care  demand  health  care  spending  sick  population  demographic  bubble  health  crisis  OAP  babyboomers  chronic  disease  diet-related  disease  cancer  heart  disease  obesity  diabetes  GP  A&E  austerity  A&E  prevention 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
Dear Nicola, I voted Yes, I think you're great, but I'm #NoVotesSNP
Comment: Writer Darren McGarvey on why independence isn't enough for Scotland's poorest communities. [...] Comment: Writer Darren McGarvey on why independence isn't enough for Scotland's poorest communities.This was no home at all. This was an open-plan torture chamber where deprivation, in the truest sense of the word, was the absolute default position. A home where poverty had not only corrupted people, but left them grotesquely deformed. [...] There is no pragmatism where inequality is concerned. There is only action and inaction. If you can't make an argument for slightly higher taxes to a class of educated people who are fortunate enough to be doing well in a terminally unequal society then I already know what is required of me as a citizen. [...] She died because she happened to be born into poverty. And we grieved for her death while growing up poor. Now her ghost follows all of us wherever we go.
deprivation  poverty  poverty  trap  child  poverty  working  poor  structural  unemployment  health  inequality  post  code  lottery  austerity  skills  gap  sick  population  health  crisis  self-medication  coping  mechanism  well  being  mental  health  alcohol  abuse  alcoholism  drug  abuse  Beschaffungskriminalität  Gini  coefficient  social  mobility  income  mobility  education  policy  Public  Services  Services  welfare  state  welfare  reform  Iain  Duncan  Smith  DWP  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  Establishment  Toff  Privileged  SNP  Nicola  Sturgeon 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
'Graph of Doom' warning to Highland councillors
deprived areas have low tax base to fund welfare and social care, and w demographic bubble, less income tax receipts. this is a double whammy to fund demand of babyboomers. // In a paper to councillors, officers quote research such as a London borough council's "Graph of Doom" showing the effect of spending cuts on services.
The Highland officials also make reference to political commentators describing a period of "perma-austerity" for local government.
They recommend that the council reviews its priorities.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Budget 2016: Higher rate tax cut is 'wrong choice', says Nicola Sturgeon
[we are all in this together ] [ tax cut for one, and cut away +1bn in PIP ] the starting point for paying 40p income tax in the rest of the UK will be raised from £43,000 to £45,000. [...] Scotland's 40p tax payers: 372,000 - Approximate total number. 10% - Working population. £190m Value of 40p tax cut plan. 14,000 Workers removed from rate by cut [...] Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell backed the threshold change.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
David Cameron attacks SNP’s Holyrood record in ‘one-party state’ - The Scotsman
The Scotsman devotes its front page to what it calls a "blistering attack on the SNP's record in government" by David Cameron, who is pledging to hold the party to account for its "litany of ­failure". //&! David Cameron warns of SNP 'one party state' in conference speech -
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Sturgeon's council tax changes do not go far enough, say critics | Politics | The Guardian
[ don't make a ruckus, sail through the election easier, thus not announce even a reform for next parliament ... ] Councils complain they are wrestling with £350m in cuts and laying off up to 15,000 staff after their overall budgets were cut by 3.5% last month. Investigations by the Guardian have established that councils have amassed record levels of debt and extra liabilities, with borrowing equal to £6,200 for each household – twice the level held by English councils. Debt and private finance liabilities cost councils £1.5bn a year. [...] [ not reforming a 25 year old system, based in prices from 1991! ]
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
EU referendum: Boris Johnson calls Cameron's Project Fact 'baloney' | Politics | The Guardian
"stay campaign is project fear" leave campaigners go without facts. [...] Chris Grayling, one of the six cabinet members who favour Brexit, had earlier dismissed a 28-page Cabinet Office report warning of what Cameron called a “decade of uncertainty” if Britain votes to leave, as “completely ludicrous”. Grayling accused his boss of running a “relentless campaign of fear”. Separately, employment minister Priti Patel, another prominent advocate for Brexit, ramped up the criticism of cabinet secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood’s decision to limit the support civil servants can provide to pro-Brexit ministers, describing it as “unconstitutional”. [...] Iain Duncan Smith “I have the highest opinion of the British people; [ //&! If it were a pure economic argument, where are the economists?! but it's about ideology, dogma and demagogy ... populism, propaganda, polarisation, manufactured consent, supported by right-wing media's manufactured consent ] &! &! Sturgeon -
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Greg Hands urged to return from break for fiscal framework talks - BBC News
A Treasury spokeswoman earlier insisted Mr Hands would return "at any time" if the Scottish government was "willing to make a substantial move". [...] Despite months of talks, the UK and Scottish governments have been unable to reach a deal on the fiscal framework for the bill. The parties disagree on their interpretation of the "no detriment" principle laid out by the Smith Commission on new powers for Scotland, which stipulates that neither the UK or the Scottish budgets should be left worse off by a deal.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Tories and SNP 'miles apart' over future of UK grant for Scotland | Politics | The Guardian
[ gouging Holyrood for a not so great deal because they can put them in the corner to agree, because of the deadline if it even takes till next year. they can always positioning themselves in a way and spin it that scots want more than they deserve. more than england. ] A rift has emerged between Conservative and Scottish National party ministers in their secretive talks over the future of the Treasury grant that funds the Scottish parliament. As the 12 February deadline set by Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister of Scotland, approaches, the UK Treasury minister Greg Hands confirmed the two governments still did not agree on which formula to use once Holyrood’s new tax and borrowing powers come into force next year.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
BBC News on the North South Divide with Tom Hunt - YouTube
multiplier effect of service sector job = 1 or lower. meaning need to access tax credits. //&! Northern Powerhouse dept to close Sheffield office and move 247 jobs to London. - Government business department shuts largest non-London office George Osborne’s ‘northern powerhouse’ policy questioned as branch closure in Sheffield casts doubt on chancellor’s pledge to revitalise English cities - // also northern councils have to cut deeper than souther because of lower tax base!
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Scottish cabinet calls on UK Chancellor to cut oil and gas 'tax burden' - BBC News
- how about putting money in renewable schemes? duh? // selecting an industry, that is clearly on the down, in the long run. duh! and is clearly not contributing a carbon free economy!
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Nicola Sturgeon: 'Distance to travel' on devolution finance deal - BBC News
[ Negotiations of the Fiscal Framework don't go well. Tories will play for time and trying to put Holyrood into a tight spot to agree to a compromise. ] Nicola Sturgeon has warned there is "some distance left to travel" before the financial deal underpinning the Scotland Bill is agreed. //&! - Scottish Secretary David Mundell calls for 'reboot' of politics &!
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Scottish Secretary David Mundell calls for 'reboot' of politics - BBC News
[ at the time the finance formula is negotiated - Sounds like the negotiations of the Fiscal Framework don't go well. ] Scottish Secretary David Mundell has called for a "reboot" of the relationship between Holyrood and Westminster. Mr Mundell said there should be an end to the "petty politicking and sniping" between Scottish and UK governments after the Scottish elections in May. Improving relations between Edinburgh and London was a key theme in the Smith Commission on further devolution. //&! The House of Lords is to resume its detailed scrutiny of the Scotland Bill on new powers for the Scottish Parliament. The bill is currently at the committee stage, with peers due to subject it to further line by line examination. -
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Health board says £60m cuts and closure paper 'not final' - BBC News
Scotland's largest health board has said a leaked paper outlining £60m of possible cuts is a "discussion paper" rather than an "approved plan". The NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (GGC) document outlined options for jobs and service cuts, including the closure of Lightburn Hospital, near Carntyne. The health board said the leak had "caused unnecessary concern" to staff, unions and patients. It said service delivery plans would not be ready until the end of February. [...] The paper said some nursing posts and specialist positions such as radiographers were under threat. It reported that the plan also covered the closure of Lightburn Hospital in Glasgow, a paediatric ward at the Royal Alexandra Hospital (RAH) in Paisley and a transfer of emergency care from the Vale of Leven Hospital to the RAH. [...] "None of the contents have been approved by the board or referred to the Scottish government for consideration.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Wealthy areas 'getting cash aimed at poorer communities' - BBC News
[ when councils can not raise $ because there is no money $ then there needs to be redistribution. thus devolution praised to regenerate areas like the north, is a con trick. positioning. for votes. normal people don't read and think farther than headlines. ] Most of the money aimed at regenerating Scotland's most disadvantaged communities is going to wealthier areas, a report has said. The independent regeneration network, Surf, said current policies were increasing rather than reducing inequality. [...] The report said there was evidence that, following the financial crash of 2008, there was a trend of public and private sector capital being invested in Scotland's affluent areas and commercial centres with poorer areas missing out. It said that was damaging town centres and "secondary locations" such as Falkirk and Paisley. [...] fairer, wealthier and more successful place for everyone."
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Brexit: the golden opportunity that could become Sturgeon’s nightmare | Colin Kidd | Opinion | The Guardian
Paradoxically, Scotland has seemed on the brink of independence ever since losing the referendum. The prime minister’s ungracious, Ukip-appeasing speech on the morning after the vote proved a massive turnoff, especially for conscience-stricken no-voting doubters, to whom it sounded like undiluted English nationalism. Cameron’s own goal contributed to a phenomenal surge of support for the SNP, which since the 2015 general election holds 56 of Scotland’s 59 seats at Westminster. Given a majority on that scale, independence would appear to be there for the taking.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
John Swinney warns of 'tough choices' ahead for Scotland - BBC News
Finance Secretary John Swinney has warned of "tough choices" facing Scotland as he prepares to set out his budget. Mr Swinney said the UK government's recent spending review placed "unprecedented pressure" on public expenditure north of the border. The UK government said Scottish ministers would have £390m more in spending available to them next year. Mr Swinney is due to present his 2016-17 spending plans on Wednesday. The Scottish government argues that cuts imposed by the UK government since 2010 - along with last month's spending review - mean that its discretionary budget will be 12.5% lower in real terms by 2019-20 than it was in 2010-11. Mr Swinney said 4.2% of that reduction would come between now and 2019-20.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
SNP ‘could block Scotland Bill’ over cost, warns Swinney : Scotland
A day after another round of negotiations around the Fiscal Framework. [...] JOHN Swinney has warned that the SNP government could block the Scotland bill over fears that the package on extra devolution would cost Scots £7 billion. The finance secretary issued the ultimatum as he held talks in London with UK ministers about how fresh devolution will affect Scotland’s £30 billion annual grant from Westminster.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
HMRC to contact Scottish taxpayers over new income tax - BBC News
The Scottish Rate of Income Tax comes into effect on 6 April next year. It will be paid by UK taxpayers who live in Scotland, regardless of where they work, with the rate to be announced by the Scottish government in its draft budget on 16 December. Those paying the new rate will see their tax code prefixed by an 'S' and their income tax will continue to be collected from pay and pensions in the same way as it is now. The new system was a recommendation of the Calman Commission and has been devolved under the Scotland Act 2012 along with powers over stamp duty and landfill tax
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Ex-SNP MSP to draw up Rise manifesto - BBC News
"The strength of Rise is the grassroots involvement in every area, and I welcome the interest that it is generating already." Rise - which stands for respect, independence, socialism and environmentalism - was born from the wider "Yes" movement in the wake of the independence referendum campaign. It includes the Scottish Socialist Party, the International Socialist Group, and other campaign groups. Ms Urquhart was one of three SNP MSPs who left the party in the wake of it voting to end its opposition to an independent Scotland joining Nato. The other two - John Wilson and John Finnie - have since joined the Scottish Greens.
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Chris Hedges June 8, 2015 Town Hall Seattle - YouTube
Ceased all power and rendered the citizen powerless. This is no capitalistic democracy. This is crony capitalism. Capitalism has no internal constraints. remove external constraints & it will see & use everything (private free market enterprise) as replaceable & commodity w a price (even the planet): the environment, workers health. &! non-violent revolution! // Revolutions are internal affairs w different dynamic. All succesful revolutions are fundamentally non-violent. No revolution is successful until sizable internal protection/security defects (Whistleblower et al) and refuses to fight for the discredited regime/plutocracy/oligarchy/Elite/Super Rich/1%/Corporation/crony capitalism/tax evasion/tax avoidance and joins the revolution. // Living in truth & speaking the truth to power. Pulling people into the streets & discrediting the status quo. Dont pit people against each other. Essay. The power of the powerless // If we do not break it. We & our children have no future!
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Tax credits: SNP and Conservative MPs clash over government cuts - YouTube
Natalie McGarry, the SNP's shadow disabilities spokesperson, and Conservative MP Chris Philp, a member of the Treasury Select Committee, debate the government's tax credit cuts.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Former devolution body head Sir Kenneth Calman backs 'Union Charter' - BBC News
I don't think [the case for the Union] has been well enough articulated - it is still a case of 'them at Westminster' Sir Kenneth Calman, former head of the Scottish Commission on Devolution [...] Crossbench peer, Lord Judge, asked if there was merit in creating a Charter of the Union. Sir Kenneth replied: "The answer is yes. I think it would make the discussion easier about who does what, and how we benefit, how you benefit and how we all benefit. I think that would be very helpful. "Without that communication, the average citizen is left wondering who does what for me now - and it is Westminster's fault anyway - so, it is easier to put it the wrong way."
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