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So the sick, the elderly and the young …

Comment posted Devo Plus: enter the Trojan Horse by Anne Baird.

So the sick, the elderly and the young are not crucial to the economy and therefore money spent on them is thrown away?

I presume from the above that you’re wealthy enough to survive this fiscal and social Armageddon. This is not true for many people in our society and perhaps you need to take that into account. If you really believe in this dark prediction then you owe it to your fellow man to vote no.

Anne Baird also commented

  • Kats, I’m genuinely pleased that you’re fit enough to work like that and applaud everyone who does. I hope you’ll remain that way. Should misfortune befall you, however, I hope society will look after you and never leave you in a position where you’re only able to fund one of the three medicines prescribed.
    Things were not quite as rosy as you make them sound. Students were walking away with ever-increasing debts. The elderly were not accessing proper care for myriad reasons, not least a profound anxiety about living within their means. Chemist shops were piling up hundreds of unclaimed prescriptions which meant people were not accessing the proper treatment for their ailments. In the longer term that often means crises and hospital admissions.
    Much simpler, and cheaper, is to get our young people trained to be economically active, buying property and having families, our sick managed well and their condition optimised so they can be independent and productive, and our elderly well cared for, mindful of the fact that they are the people who funded and built the NHS and welfare state when they were working as hard as you, for as little as you.
  • Neil, it would be inappropriate for him to go. The Commission has to be free from any interference from either the Scottish Government or COSLA. They’ve set up the Commission and now they have to let us get on with it.

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