Healthcare after split not an issue

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I READ with interest Sally Russell’s article that she does not want to rely on cross-Border agreements to get the care that she needs (News, 3 March). I am delighted she received a transplant, but my concern is that she is being rather exploited by the Better Together campaign to highlight something which is simply not an issue.

Cross-border healthcare has existed seamlessly for decades in the European Union, for instance between the Netherlands and Belgium, in all specialities. EU
patients are already making use of their fundamental rights as EU citizens and the bureaucracy can be considerably less than that existing in the NHS.

An independent Scotland could benefit considerably from cross-Border healthcare patients from England, with the income both to the NHS and private sector, taking advantage of research and medical developments of which Scotland has so frequently been at the forefront.

Alex Orr, Edinburgh

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