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Referendum 2014
The Scottish independence referendum and the debate about Scotland's constitutional future
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Eilidh Whiteford MP for Banff & Buchan: UK Government Slammed as Health Experts Issue Malnutrition Warning

Eilidh Whiteford MP for Banff & Buchan: UK Government Slammed as Health Experts Issue Malnutrition Warning | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

The Scottish National Party has slammed the UK government for their cuts to welfare following a warning on an increase of malnutrition from health experts.

The Faculty of Public Health have said conditions such as rickets are becoming more apparent because people cannot afford quality food in their diet. It comes after health figures recently revealed a 19% increase in the number of people admitted to hospital with malnutrition over the past year.

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Independence 'could benefit health'

Independence 'could benefit health' | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

A former chief medical officer has said Scottish independence could be "very positive" for the country's health.

Peter A Bell's insight:

This intervention from Sir Harry Burns is both very welcome and very interesting. It serves to remind us of the many less tangible ways in which a Yes vote could be good for Scotland. Others have spoken of the massive boost to "brand Scotland" that will be one of the bonuses of voting Yes in September. It is fitting too that we should bear in mind the feel-good factor that comes from doing something positive.


One can look at these beneficial effects as absolutes - even if they are, by their very nature, all but impossible to measure. It may make more sense, however, to think of them relative to the anticipated impact of a No vote.


Make no mistake! A No vote will be massively humiliating for Scotland. It will inevitably have a seriously depressing effect on the people of Scotland while seriously tarnishing the nation's image and standing in the world. We will have voted to be less than we might be. We will have declared ourselves incapable of doing what the people of other nations do as a matter of course. We will have renounced Scotland's status as a nation. We will have held our own sovereignty in our hands and we will have thrown it away.


In the event of a No vote, Scotland will be the subject of global ridicule and will be held in even greater contempt by British nationalists whose gloating triumphalism will be the salt in our self-inflicted wounds.


All of this must have a deleterious effect on our nation and our people which stands in stark contrast to the uplifting effects of a Yes vote. If a Yes vote is good for the country's health, as Sir Harry Burns says, then a No vote would be poisonous.

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We need full powers, not limited devolution, for Scotland’s wealth to work for all | Yes Scotland

We need full powers, not limited devolution, for Scotland’s wealth to work for all | Yes Scotland | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Shadow Scottish Secretary Margaret Curran has questioned the ability of devolution to deliver for the people of Scotland – yet fails to recognise that it is the limits placed on devolution that prevent us from putting in place the policies to make Scotland’s wealth work for all.

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UK Health: Scotland at forefront of health innovations — St Charles River Front Arts

Scotland is set to be a world leader in innovative health technology, Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said today.

 

Close working relationships between NHSScotland and the life sciences industry will allow pioneering developments to dramatically improve healthcare for patients and potentially save lives.

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Cross-border organ transplant network ‘at risk’

Cross-border organ transplant network ‘at risk’ | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: More than 1,200 Scots a year facing life-threatening illnesses are securing transplants or blood transfusions from donors elsewhere in the UK, former prime minister Gordon Brown has said.

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Is this just another scaremongering lie from a man whose detachment from and ignorance of the referendum campaign makes each intervention look more foolish than the last? Or is there something more to it? Is Gordon Brown threatening that future rUK government will seek to end cooperation among the four health services? If so, who does he speak for?


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Quoted for horror

Quoted for horror | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
An alert reader directed us to this document this morning: "The reasons for the high Scottish mortality between 1950 and 1980 are unclear, but poverty and deprivation linked to particular industria...
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Independence: Organ transplant claims challenged

Independence: Organ transplant claims challenged | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
A LEADING kidney specialist has challenged claims from pro-UK campaigners that an independent Scotland would have problems getting vital organ transplants from the rest of the UK.
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More unionist scaremongering lies exposed!

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Jim Arnott's curator insight, March 11, 2013 2:03 AM

I couldn't have said this any better than "Guga" in the comments section of the article:

 

"There seems to be no end to the attempted scaremongering, bile-mongering, blatant lies and propaganda being regurgitated by the One Nation, Bitter Together Unionists, Quislings and Fifth Columnists.

The anti-Scottish attitude of the Quislings in particular is both disgusting and cringe-worthy. They don't appear to realize that their behaviour is appalling to real Scots, and must give a very poor impression to many people overseas when they see these pathetic little people berating their own country.

We know that the English are desperate to hang on to Scotland as they know that we are propping up the failed English state, but if the Quislings are so keen on being part of England, all they need to do is move.

The Hootsmon, being English owned and English run, will, of course, continue to print all the lies and bile emanating from, and on behalf of, their sponsors in the New Blue London Labour Party (Scottish Branch)"


As always, don't neglect to read the comments section on articles posted on the scotsman. .