Scottish patients benefit from twice the number of nurses per person as those in England - despite paying far less tax, (according to the mail!)
The massive subsidy they (ALLEGEDLY) receive from taxpayers south of the border also enables NHS Trusts there to employ nearly 50 per cent more doctors and dentists, according to a new report.
The disparity is a legacy of the controversial 30-year-old Barnett Formula, which sees Scotland get more public spending than other parts of the UK because it has greater levels of deprivation. It is said to have created 'medical apartheid'.
The Nuffield Trust charity found that about £1,800 per head is spent on health in Scotland, but in England it is just £1,500. (i.e. 20% MORE)
This allows Scotland to have more than 80 per cent more nurses, midwives and health visitors, with 11 per 1,000 people compared to just six in England.
It also has 2.5 doctors and dentists per 1,000 people - 47 percent higher than the 1.7 England can manage. This includes both hospital doctors and GPs.
This report is the biggest load of SHITE that I have read for a while. HOW, going by the Mail's figures can spending be 20% higher per head in Scotland and yet we have 80% more health professionals? (WE MUST HAVE A VERY EFFICIENT NHS IN SCOTLAND!)
Point 1. Scotland has 40% of the land mass of the UK and 8% of the population. Therefore HEALTH facilities have to be spread thinner. For instance if the average GP in England has say 5,000 patients because of the sparser population and bigger area covered in Scotland that figure would be nearer 3,000. So therefore on a like for like basis the costs are higher.
Point 2. Health is devolved in Scotland along with some other matters. Scotland is given a BLOCK-GRANT (sometimes called pocket-money) from the UK treasury. The SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT then has to devise a budget which it can be passed in the SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT with the agreement of some of the other partties because it is a minority Government. If the Government decides to spend more on HEALTH because that is important to them and less on something else for instance Transport or the Police, THAT IS THE PEROGATIVE OF THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT. So if your health is important to you, MOVE TO SCOTLAND. You'll be made very welcome.