Scotland is different

Scotland had control over its own NHS long before the nation's parliament reconvened in 1999. Devolution has seen an ever-diverging health economy from the rest of the UK.

Health legislation, governance frameworks and structural change have all been enacted by the Scottish parliament for more than a decade, focusing on prevention, sustainability and shifting the balance of care. Now health and social care have been brought together as the NHS undergoes a time of change and realignment to deliver a vision of care closer to home where hospitals are only for highly specialised care.

As a new map of health and care is being drawn, with new approaches to medicines, procurement and staffing, Scotland is determined to create a new partnership to deliver care in new ways to its 5 million population – while remaining true to the principles of an NHS that is free at the point of use.