Holyrood Magazine issue 379 / 27 March 2017

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Interview with Labour Peer Alf Dubs on the fate of the Dubs Amendment. A look at the first year of health and social care integration including comment from Shona Robison and an interview with NHS Chief Executive Paul Gray. The Scottish Governments STEM strategy and an interview with Minister Shirley-Anne Somerville.

3 Editor’s note

Something just didn’t sit right with the claims in the immediate aftermath of the Westminster attack that terrorism doesn’t pay when political leaders were busy paying homage to Martin McGuinness

 

6  Roundup

Pictures and numbers from the past two weeks

 

7 Talking Point

It is hard to escape the feeling Parliament is paralysed by constitution

 

9 Digital Highlights

The best of Twitter and Holyrood’s online content

 

10 Political Spotlight

‘Now is not the time’ has launched a new episode

 

12   Political interview:  Lord Dubs

Labour peer Lord Dubs still believes politics can be a force for good

 

17  Overview: Health & social care integration

Are the benefits of health and social care integration being felt yet?

 

25  Comment: Shona Robison

The Health Secretary gives her take on the progress of integration

 

27  Focus: Local Government

Councils have seen budgets redistributed via the health service

 

30  Interview: Paul Gray

NHS Scotland’s top man on how integration can fly

 

35  Overview: STEM

What needs to be done to improve STEM education in Scotland

 

40  Interview: Shirley-Anne Somerville

The minister launches the new draft STEM strategy

 

43 Event Report

Attracting STEM teachers is proving difficult

 

46 Comment

Henry McLeish: In the US, Brexit has been met with bewliderment

 

47 Inbox

Young people’s mental health, independence and exercise

 

48 Diary

High spirits at the SNP conference and a promotion for George Osborne

 

49 On the Desk

Conservative MSP Ross Thomson shows his fascination for the US

 

50 Last Word

Sketch: Liam Kirkaldy takes a trip to the SNP conference to learn whether the dream will still float

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