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Free healthcare cost 'unknown'

1st February 2008

Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish health secretary, has said free healthcare for elderly people was "good policy" despite the critical findings of a spending watchdog.

Audit Scotland revealed last week that a "funding shortfall of up to £63m" existed, along with variations in policy between different councils. The policy was brought into effect in 2002. Ms Sturgeon said: "It is a good policy and we will take the action necessary to make sure that it lasts for the long-term."





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Article Information

Title: Free healthcare cost 'unknown'
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 5524
Date Added: 1st Feb 2008

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