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A National Clinical Strategy for Scotland

Official Print Publication Date
Website Publication DateFebruary 17, 2016


ISBN 978 1 78652 001 2
PPDAS 64865

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An errata was published on 18/02/2016. The data for the chart on page 17 which is titled ‘Estimated and projected age structure of the Scottish population, mid-2012 and mid-2037’ has now been updated and replaced with the correct data. .

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1. Executive Summary

2. Introduction: Why do we need to change?
a. Demographic changes in our population
b. The changing patterns of illness and disability
c. The relatively poor health of the population and persisting inequalities in health
d. The need to balance health and social care according to need
e. Workforce issues
f. Financial considerations
g. Changes in the range of possible medical treatments
h. Remote and rural challenges to high quality healthcare
i. Opportunities from increasing information technology (e-health)
j. A need to reduce waste, harm and variation in treatment

3. Primary and Community Care

4. Secondary and Tertiary Care

5. The need for "realistic" medicine

6. Conclusion