Holyrood Magazine issue 370 / 07 November 2016
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
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?
COSLA chief executive Sally Loudon gives her first interview since taking over
Henry McLeish: When is a majority large enough for constitutional change?
Early years intervention, falling care standards and universities driving growth
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