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ref date:14 Jan 1999 (HEA)
Labour demotes Scotlands health care priority

THE chairman of the British Medical Association in Scotland has accused the Government of treating the nation as a colony - with the Secretary of State, Donald Dewar, acting as governor general.

Arthur Morris said the NHS in Scotland faced no real scrutiny, and he pointed out that Scottish health had been debated for only an hour-and-a-half throughout the last parliament.

Mr Morris said "Scotland is more like a colony with the Secretary of State as governor general. There are no committees to make sure Scottish issues are open to scrutiny and the Scottish Secretary and his officials at the Scottish Office are open to very little direct scrutiny, which is why we are calling for openness. "

Labours pledge on the health service seems to be lets look after the South East of England, its the Tories all over again.