No Mandate Brown has announced that the (English) NHS will start offering health screening for heart disease, strokes and kidney disease as well as increasing the screening for some types of cancer.
Health screening is good but it’s still wrong the Gordon Brown is interfering in the English NHS. He has no say over the NHS in his own constituency in Scotland and whether it’s a “good” or “bad” thing that he’s doing, he still has no mandate.
However, there is little point in offering health screening if there is nothing to back it up with. The English NHS is underfunded and the service provided is inferior to that in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. What is the point in getting an early diagnosis for cancer if you can’t get the right treatment because you live in England and not Scotland?
I don’t care whether this is, on balance, a positive move or not – Gordon Brown has no mandate to interfere with the English NHS. If he wants to meddle with the NHS then he should stand for election to the Scottish Parliament where his constituents can give him a mandate over the Scottish NHS.