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A healthy cross border balance

    As the Prime Minister joined the election campaign trail in Scotland yesterday, I was reminded of the schism between devolved policy areas in Holyrood and Westminster.  The mutual respect agenda, advocated by David Cameron himself, includes not just recognition for policies differing north and south of the border but equally acknowledges the value of copycat legislation.  Notably, the Scottish Conservatives are the only principal party to make a manifesto commitment to pilot walk in treatment centres in Scotland.  The founding principle of such an initiative is universal and reflective of modern day living.  The idea is that they would be piloted in major cities, set up either by the NHS or by independent providers using their own capital.

    Health is of course a devolved brief but this does not mean policies of mutual benefit cannot be endorsed UK wide.  That is why the Scottish Conservatives' Party Leader, Annabel Goldie embarked on a joint visit to a London walk in centre over a year ago with then Shadow Health Minister, Mike Penning.  Annabel witnessed first hand the benefits of such a service, not least to alleviate emergency medical services.   It is no wonder that the Scottish Conservatives’ manifesto strapline is: ‘common sense’…

    Lucy has a decade of experience in public affairs across the private, public and political sector. As part of the Conservative Party’s 2010 general election campaign, Lucy was Head of Communications for Scotland on reserved matters and based in campaign headquarters in Westminster.

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