Holyrood 429 / 9 September 2019
Life expectancy has stalled in Scotland, with heart disease still the leading cause of death. Holyrood’s annual health issue takes the pulse of the nation.
3 Editor’s note
With the temperature soaring, it’s galling that the menopause is just seen as yet another thing that women should grit their teeth and get through
Pictures and numbers from the past two weeks
7 Talking Point
Does the programme for government really count as a green new deal for Scotland?
9 In Context
The key promises in the programme for government
10 Political Spotlight: Prorogation
The week UK politics entered into uncharted territory
13 Cover Story: The pulse of the nation
With the NHS under pressure, what can be done to help meet Scotland’s health challenges?
20 Interview: Malcolm Wright
Scotland’s new NHS boss on how a lifetime of experience in the health service has made him the right person for the job
29 Cabinet Secretary: Jeane Freeman
The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport sets out her priorities for reforming the health service
34 Opposition: Miles Briggs
The Conservatives’ shadow health secretary on the need to overcome party politics for the sake of the NHS
36 Getting to Know You: Kirsty Rafferty
Which MSP would the parliament’s barista-in-chief host in her hot tub?
Laura Kelly: Jacob Rees-Mogg’s slouching reveals something deeper about this government
39 Politicians & their Pets
If David Torrance could be any animal it would be a dolphin
The wheels come off the Scottish Tories, puppy power hits Number 10 and there’s a splash at the Scottish Parliament
42 Last Word
How Willie Rennie Mackintosh could prove to be a game-changer for the Lib Dems