Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England. One National Health Service but four increasingly divergent ways of organising and running it. One huge wasted opportunity.
Wasted because there is so little comparing and contrasting going on when, on paper, this is a golden opportunity to evaluate what happens when four countries do things differently with what is, essentially, the same concept.
Viewed from outside, the NHS in the four countries looks essentially the same; at most, variations on a theme − certainly not different symphonies written by different composers. Yet, following devolution, the tunes to which they march are becoming increasingly different.