I see that two Scottish Health Boards are to be directly elected.  This is a pilot announced by the Scottish (SNP) Health Secretary.  The pilot will be evaluated after two years.  What would have been even more interesting would have been to run a parallel pilot in which the functions of two Health Boards were taken over by the relevant local authorities.

If people are really committed to the concept of local democracy and local accountability, then the answer is to make local councils genuinely all-purpose and equip them fully to represent the interests of their communities.

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