Lots of people seem almost ok with the pseudo-privatisation of the NHS in England and Wales by the coalition because they think we’re protected in Scotland through devolution. I’m afraid that’s not quite true.
The Barnett formula is used to calculate the block grant given to the Scottish parliament by allocating a percentage of the money spent by westminster on areas that are devolved to Scotland. If through the current reform of the NHS the Westminster government reduce spending on NHS services, preferring instead that trusts raise money through provision of private services or savings through greater competition with commercial providers, then that will lead to a reduction in the block grant and cuts in Scotland’s health budget. Also Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has stated that he wants funds diverted from the NHS to defense, moving money from a devolved issue to a reserved issue - again leading to a reduction in the block grant to Scotland.
So because of policies enacted by a government we didn’t vote for which are only designed to affect England and Wales, Scotland has less money to spend on essential services such as health and education but without the reforms that aim to to replace this funding - whether you agree with those or not. Still think the current system means we’re better together?
An independent Scotland should see arts and science spending as vital as health and education is to the wellbeing of it’s people and the growth of it’s economy. Arts and science are areas we can truly excel in and can serve to bring tourists to Scotland, inspire future generations and create opportunities for new business, jobs and tax.