Scotland is in an unrivalled position to create a Public Health Microbiology service providing world-renowned expertise and leadership. The Health Service is well coordinated with patients having a unique identification and many basic microbiological services being standardized. The availability of new technology providing microbiological information more quickly (molecular assays) and in exquisite detail (pathogen genome sequencing) makes it increasingly possible to detect and track microbiological incidents more easily.
Scotland has a concentration of elite universities which gain more than 13% of research council funding and are well integrated with health care providers. This, taken together with the connections with health service professional organisations and integration with organisations responsible for animal health and environmental health opens the possibility of creating a responsive model “One Health” system to protect the Scottish population from infection hazards effectively.