The Negative aspects of devolved Government

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The Negative aspects of devolved Government

In Scotland and Wales the role of Devolved Government has involved taking control for providing benefits, for education and crucially healthcare.
In Scotland Benefits provision has seen spending outstripping funding from central Government by £25 for every £100 of funding, a similar picture is also true in Wales, a major flaw in this system directly affects Scottish and Welsh pensioners who find that their free travel pass on buses within their borders are not accepted elsewhere, while it is true that the same restrictions affect English pensioners, the impact is much less because of the greater geographical size of England.
In Scotland we are already aware of the racially predjucial policy of providing free university education for Scottish and EU students but denying that benefit to English born students, however it is now clear that in order for Scottish students to benefit from free university education they or more correctly their parents must foot the cost of accommodation, heating, food, clothing, computers and study books, which effectively rules out university entry to the children of all but the most affluent families.
Lastly, a recent case has been highlighted in the press where a Scottish born soldier in the british army who suffered dual leg amputations in Afghanistan and who has been recieving intensive expert tratment at a military hospital in Birmingham has been told that unless the Scottish government is prepared to take over funding for his specialist treatment in England he will have to be treated in Scotland evan though this level of specialist care is not available in Scotland, the reason? because of the legal definitions of the devolved Government bill which effectively prevents the NHS in England from continuing his care program. This is a disgrace brought about by politicians with personal agendas.
Before devolution the NHS was a national service, since devolution it has become a regional service.
Peter. C Peter. C
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Re: The Negative aspects of devolved Government

John K,

As with most things in life there are some negatives that come along with the positives and Devolved Governments have their fair share of pro's and con's.

I was aware that free bus travel ends at the border but I was unaware that hospital treatment could or would be refused.

I would be shocked if the Scottish Government/NHS would refuse to fund this soldiers much need treatment or any Scottish person's need for treatment south of the border.
Peter C
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