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The Implications of Scottish Independence for Healthcare and Medical Research

ESRC Future of the UK and Scotland

This policy briefing is one in a series as part of Innogen’s work with the ESRC Future of the UK and Scotland programme. It draws on Innogen’s research into the benefits and challenges of the fully devolved health system in Scotland, and the partially devolved clinical and medical research systems.

As the Scottish independence referendum date draws ever nearer, the public is asking what independence will mean in practice for a number of key institutions, policies, practices, and most importantly, the everyday lives of people living in Scotland. Much of the debate has focused on fiscal and currency issues, but other areas such as health and medical research are also incredibly important. What has devolution done for Scottish health and wealth, and how might independence affect both healthcare services and the strong, internationally renowned research systems in Scotland?