To even the circumspect end of the media it was a “ruthless cost-cutting drive”. To Labour in Holyrood, it was all Alex Salmond’s fault. These were SNP cuts. In Scotland, please remember it is not good enough to use the cuts word once. It’s cuts . . . cuts . . . cuts ... Iain Gray has a habit of presenting all his arguments in triplicate . . . very slowly.
This is an extract from my column in today's Sunday Times Scotland. Following on from First Minister's Questions I look at why health boards are restructuring despite receiving inflation-proof budget rises. Though the Scotland and England health services are run separately, some of the difficulties they face are uncannily similar...probably because the same government ran them in both countries from 1997 to 2007.
Also, if you thought the behaviour of certain MSPs during the FMQs on health was disgraceful, you will enjoy reading Rab McNeil in the Caledonian Mercy. Also in The Mercury, Jennifer Trueland ignores the hysteria to explain some of the managerial processes behind changes in the health services.