Holyrood Magazine issue 370 / 07 November 2016

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Scotland’s Science and Innovation sector: including the impact of Brexit and interviews with Chief Scientific Adviser Professor Sheila Rowan and Shirley-Anne Somerville, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science. Spotlight on Audit Scotland’s annual NHS report. Round table on health and social care integration. Interview with COSLA chief executive Sally Loudon.


3 Editor’s note

Questions now abound about whether the referendum vote could be reversed or the process indefinitely stalled


6  Roundup

Pictures and numbers from the past two weeks


8 Talking Point

FIFA may be right. The poppy has been politicised since its inception


10 Political Spotlight

Is the NHS “in crisis” under the SNP or do we all need to decide how much to pay for healthcare?


11 Digital Highlights

The best of Twitter and Holyrood’s online content


17  Cover Story:  Science and Innovation

Scotland has a long history of leading in scientific research, but has the vote for Brexit put that at risk?


24  Interview: Sheila Rowan

Scotland’s Chief Scientific Adviser Professor Sheila Rowan talks gravitational waves and science for policy


30  Interview: Shirley-Anne Somerville

The Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science has been kept busy by Brexit


35 Round Table

How can health and social care integration help patient care?


39 Interview

COSLA chief executive Sally Loudon gives her first interview since taking over


42 Comment

Henry McLeish: When is a majority large enough for constitutional change?


43 Inbox

Early years intervention, falling care standards and universities driving growth


44 Diary

The hitman and her, pumpkins go viral and weapons of mass distraction


45 On the Desk

Green MSP for Lothian Alison Johnstone reveals what’s on her office desk


46 Last Word

Sketch: Liam Kirkaldy embeds himself at the Scottish Green conference to try and learn more of their ways

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