This event has been widely advertised. When I first read the Conference title I assumed that it was about integration of health and social services.The pledges on the NHS for the key political parties are outlined in the current BMJ:The Scottish National Party, who are currently in government in Scotland, and have full devolved responsibility for the NHS, have made this pledge:Having now read the 13 page “Exhibitor and Sponsor brochure” it appears that this event is also to do with integration of the NHS and the private sector:The plenary Speakers include, amongst one or two others, four MSPs, two of the country’s most senior civil servants, and the National Clinical Lead for Patient Safety and Improvement at the Scottish Government:Here is the headline pledge to exhibitors and sponsors:The following excerpts are from the 13 page “Exhibitor and Sponsor brochure” [highlights are mine] Exhibitor costs are significant: Further “sponsorship and advertising opportunities” are offered for this NHS event: Presumably private companies are happy to pay these sponsorship costs in the hope that public money will be spent in their businesses. That there is clear transparency regarding the sponsorship opportunities at this event should be welcomed, but there should be a difference between conferences, especially those involving the public sector, and trade-fairs.
There is wide support amongst patients for the NHS. They also expect public money to be well spent and not diverted into the private sector. I am not sure the current Scottish Government is following this SNP pledge: