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Where we are and where we will be
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Tuesday, 8 January 2008

Democracy at stake

You have to hand it to the SNP for their consistency in being populist in all things.

The announcements today about direct elections to health boards will be dressed up as democratic and accountability, yet then truth is they will be neither. The experience in England where the “electorate” for their NHS Foundation trusts are people who have chosen to be involved is turnouts less than 30% Imagine the turnout for a full electorate? It would be minuscule.

Who will stand for the elections? There’s talk in the consultation of no political party members being allowed to stand or those with a “special interest group agenda”. Who is left and how is discriminating against some-one because of their political or special interest more democratic? The search seems to be for folk so independent that they have not in touch with the rest of humanity or have no views or beliefs. How will they represent anyone?

This is a consumerist approach to health care which utterly devalues the views of health professionals and treats the delivery of health services as being the same as providing choice of soap powders. It’s a false use of the word democracy and should be reject for that reason

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Surgery Times

1st Wed @ Piershill Library, 30 Piershill Terrace.
2nd Wed @ Craigentinny Community Centre, Loaning Rd.
3rd Wed @ Duddingston Primary School, Duddingston Rd.

All 7:15pm -7:45pm

and the last Sat. Lochend YWCA, 198 Restalrig Road South
12noon -1pm

(no appointment needed, all during school terms)
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