This article from Kenneth Roy in today's Scottish Review is of utmost importance to the future of end-of-life care in Scotland.
'Early next week - as early as Sunday if the parties are disposed to interrupt their weekend - Europe's largest health board and a private developer will finalise the most controversial land deal in the history of the NHS in Scotland. It will make end-of-life care a business to be conducted for profit - while the hospice which provides the care at present, and has done so with distinction for more than half a century, has its funding for this work withdrawn. After years of delay, the will of Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board appears finally to have prevailed. On 31 January, it will only remain to sign the missives.
Yet, even in the final minutes of the 11th hour, serious questions need to be faced about this commercial transaction in the name of the National Health Service...'
Please read it yourself. Serious questions do need to be answered and consequently the signing of any missives needs to be delayed. This is a template for the privatisation of the care of our dying. That is not what I want for Scotland. I intend to email Kenneth Roy's article to my MSP and do hope you too will consider bringing it to the attention of your MSP immediately.