Extract from Scotland’s Future – Your Guide to an Independent Scotland.
The NHS has touched every life in Scotland, it is a precious institution, right at the heart of our society.
This extract underlines our commitment to the NHS as a publicly-owned and operated service, free at the point of need.
In an independent Scotland, we will continue to provide high quality, world-leading health and social care in a way that reflects the founding principles of the NHS and our social care services.
Scotland faces long-standing challenges in health outcomes which are strongly associated with economic and social disadvantage. With independence, Scotland can work towards a fairer society that will address these health inequalities.
Independence will not affect the day-to-day management of the NHS in Scotland, nor how people access NHS services. Similarly, it will not mean ending current cross-border arrangements with health services in the rest of the UK, which have continued even though the NHS in Scotland already operates independently.