Scottish independence: NHS warning dismissed

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THE Scottish Government has denied claims by the Better Together campaign that independence could make it harder to get emergency transplants from the rest of the UK.

The health issue was raised by the pro-Union group following concerns from Sally Russell, 26, from Glasgow, who has suffered from cystic fibrosis since birth and opted to undergo a rare double-lung transplant at Freeman Hospital in Newcastle. The seven-hour procedure is not available in Scotland.

A spokesman for Better Together said: “While the NHS is devolved, it is still a British service, with no boundaries. The agreements on organ transplants between EU states are not so straightforward.”

But the Scottish Government said being independent would not cause transplant problems.