Holyrood Magazine issue 356 / 21 March 2016

Written by on 21 March 2016 in Magazine

Scottish parliament election 2016 special focus on health, the biggest spend of the Scottish Government. Also includes conversation with Shona Robison, Jackson Carlaw and Jenny Marra, coverage of George Osborne’s sugar tax announcement, a roundtable on lung disease and an interview with the British Heart Foundation’s James Cant. Comment from John McTernan and Kevin Pringle

3 Editor’s note
The increasing girth of our citizens is an issue that we have skirted around for too long and anyone that argues against the fact, is walking around with their eyes closed. We are a nation of fatties.

6  Roundup 
Pictures and numbers from the past two weeks

8 Talking Point
Reform conversation is one that needs to take place after Kenny Gibson’s intervention   

10 Political Spotlight
The sugar tax deflects attention from the real issues in the budget 

12 Digital Highlights
The best of Twitter and Holyrood’s online content

14  Overview:  Election trauma
A soft consensus on health strategy doesn’t solve NHS woes

20  Focus:  Heart failure
Treating heart failure remains a challenge, but Scotland is on the right track

22  Event Report: Leaders in conversation
The party health spokespeople discuss consensus and prevention over breakfast

26  Interview: James Cant
The British Heart Foundation’s Scotland director on how research can save lives

28  Round table: Lung health
Despite being Scotland’s third biggest killer, there is no national strategy for respiratory disease

32 Comment
Ipsos MORI’s Mark Diffley takes a look at the opinion polls

34 Spadversaries
John McTernan and Kevin Pringle reflect on the election campaign trail

36 Diary
A hazardous minister, Orkney messages, and giving a flying duck

37 On the campaign trail
The Scottish Tories’ Edinburgh regional office

38 Last Word
Liam Kirkaldy:Tory conference sketch -  back the glorious leader to stop a one-party state 

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