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Health of the NHS

Driving tests hit as series of strikes looms

DRIVING tests will be cancelled and GPs will refuse to treat non-emergency cases as a summer wave of strike action gets under way.

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Patients wait 5 hours for bed as hospital hit by winter vomiting

A WINTER vomiting bug has disrupted admissions at an acute medical unit in one of Scotland’s busiest hospitals, leaving some patients having to wait for up to almost five hours for a bed, it has been claimed.

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Old people ‘not safe’ in Scottish hospitals, nurses say

OLDER patients are “not safe” on hospital wards in Scotland because of a lack of qualified nurses to care for them, a hard-hitting report from the body representing the nursing profession has warned.


Nicola Sturgeon rejects plans to close Glasgow hospital

Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon has rejected an NHS board’s recommendation to close Lightburn Hospital, in the east end of Glasgow.

Minor surgery put on hold to save NHS cash

HOSPITALS are cutting back on minor surgical procedures to save money as the health service faces up to the toughest financial climate in years.

NHS in Scotland losing 10 staff every day

The number of staff working in the NHS in Scotland has dropped by more than 3,600 in a year, prompting fears about the potential effect on services.


Cleaner ‘did not breach computers’

A HOSPITAL cleaner who contacted a patient on Facebook had not breached the hospital’s computer systems, NHS Lothian has said.

Jenny Stewart: We can’t afford to keep health care as it is

PEOPLE living longer and healthier lives is a huge achievement, but the health and social care services, on which we all rely, will come under intense pressure.

How NHS worsens agony of miscarriage

Women are experiencing unnecessary heartbreak when miscarrying because of poor NHS services, two new surveys suggest.

Children waiting years for mental health treatment

Some children can face a wait of up to three and a half years before receiving treatment for mental health problems, a Conservative MSP has revealed.

Intensive care units for young short-staffed, study shows

Hospital wards which care for some of the sickest children are inadequately staffed, a study has found.

C diff rises but levels stay low

CASES of Clostridium difficile in Scottish hospitals have risen, but remain at historically low levels, figures show.

More donors but fewer transplant organs

THE number of organs donated for transplant varies in different regions of the UK, according to a new study.

NHS bids to bring curtain down on 'Fringe luvvies'

HEALTH bosses have set up a special clinic to cope with a 10 per cent hike in patients when "festival luvvies" clog up casualty.

Health chiefs chart rise in complaints

THE number of formal complaints made against NHS Lothian by patients and relatives has risen by 12 per cent in the past three months.

Health bosses look to clean up hospital laundry dangers

AN NHS crackdown has been launched on staff leaving dangerous items like used needles in laundry piles, including using a metal detector on bags of dirty sheets.

Organ donation plea to L-drivers

Anyone applying online for a driving licence from today will have to answer a question regarding organ donation.

Health board on course to meet targets

NHS Lothian is "well placed" to meet a series of Scottish Government health targets, despite the financial climate.

Bed blocking crisis looms if care home spaces not found

THERE are warnings that the Lothians will face a winter bed blocking crisis if the 560 residents of doomed Southern Cross care homes do not find accommodation by November.

MSPs to consider call to ban silicone breast implants

A PETITION calling for a ban on silicone breast implants is to be debated by MSPs on an influential parliamentary committee.

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