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NHS Scotland: Ex-health worker told she can try Europe for treatment

A former health worker who was told she could travel to Europe for NHS treatment to avoid lengthy waits in Scotland has branded the system “mad.”

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Prominent figures have spoken out about their experiences with mental health issues, helping to tackle the stigma, but there are still many who fight a private battle with depression.

David Walsh: Ending taboo is vital to win battle with depression

As he describes his personal experience for the first time, David Walsh urges more honest talking about mental illness

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The Priory Hospital in Glasgow PICTURE: Donald MacLeod

Private hospital IT failures ‘harming’ patients’ family life

Patients in private psychiatric hospital were unable to have video-conference calls with their families because the equipment had been unavailable for several months, an unannounced visit by the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland (MWCS) found.

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Ambulances arrive at an  Accident and Emergency department Picture: Graeme Robertson/Getty Images

Leader comment: NHS crisis must be tackled

Another day, another set of dire statistics about the performance of Scotland’s NHS.

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Short-term women prisoners are denied heroin substitute. Picture: Jon Savage

Short-term female prisoners denied methadone, finds report

Heroin addicts in Scotland’s only women’s prison are being denied access to methadone unless they are jailed for more than six months, it has emerged.

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The boxes will help Highlands mothers who have to travel 100 miles to give birth. Picture: Contributed

Highlands ‘baby boxes’ for mothers faced with 100-mile trip

A campaign group is launching its own “baby boxes” for Highland mothers who are facing a 100-mile trip to hospital to give birth.

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Construction workers were found to be most at risk from malignant melanoma. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Builders most at risk of developing skin cancer while at work

British workers exposed to the elements account for 2 per cent of cases of the most deadly form of skin cancer, a study has found.

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Victoria Harris in training for trek. Picture: Contributed

Scot aims to do first solo Jordan trail trek for charity

A YOUNG woman is planning to become the first to trek solo across Jordan for a charity helping Syrian refugees and Jordanians in need.

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Paramedics standing outside an accident and emergency department in Edinburgh. Picture: TSPL

100 Scots patients spent 12 hours in A&E in first week of 2017

One hundred patients spent more than 12 hours in accident and emergency (A&E) in the first week of the new year, figures show.

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Exterior View of the  Western General Hospital, Edinburgh.  Picture: Ian Rutherford

Edinburgh hospital ‘turning patients away due to lack of beds’

Brain surgeons at a major hospital are suffering “plummeting morale” from having to turn patients away due to a lack of beds, MSPs have heard.

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Volunteers working for Borders furniture reuse charity Home Basics sort out items at its Walkerburn depot for a Christmas toy sale. More people are volunterring to help care for people.

Leader comment: Volunteer to help us all out

History is unlikely to judge David Cameron altogether favourably, but in his championing of the “big society” the former prime minister hit on an idea potentially years ahead of its time.

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In the UK, you are far more likely to be treated by an immigrant than miss out on a hospital bed because of one. Picture: PA Wire

Paris Gourtsoyannis: Migrant pressure based on a myth

Response to NHS crisis shows the danger of failing to challenge flawed immigration rhetoric, says Paris Gourtsoyannis

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A gentle stroll may help to work off the pounds just as effectively as a strenuous workout in the gym or a long run. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Gentler exercise ‘can be just as effective’ as intense activity

Gentler exercise is just as good for helping people get healthier while losing weight as a tougher workout, according to a study.

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Only extreme weight gain had an affect on adult offspring. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Pregnancy weight gain not linked to early death in adulthood

Women who gain weight in pregnancy do not put their children at increased risk of early death in adulthood, a new study suggests.

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Thousands of over-55s in Scotland plan to volunteer. Picture: Getty Images/Purestock

Thousands of elderly volunteers help ease health care crisis

Increased pressure on health and social care expected throughout 2017, has led thousands of older people in Scotland to step in and help ease the burden by gifting their time.

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Joy Attwood(L) fighting cancer for a second time at home in Wawne, Yorshire with her sister Jennie. Picture: SWNS

Dying mum can fulfil dream to see Northern Lights in Scotland

A mum-of-four given just months to live will be able to fulfill her bucket list wish to see the Northern Lights thanks to generous donations.

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A woman exercising. Picture: PA

Gentler exercise ‘just as effective’ as intense activity

Gentler exercise is just as good for helping people get healthier while losing weight as a tougher workout, according to a study.

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Professor Dame Sally Davies Chief Medical Officer

Dame Sally Davies: ‘Superbugs could make cancer untreatable’

Drug-resistant superbugs could make cancer treatment ineffective, UK’s most senior doctor warned.

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Businessman Lord Alan Sugar. Picture: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire

Alan Sugar undergoes heart procedure in America

Businessman Alan Sugar has undergone a minor heart procedure in America.

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Hope Street , Glasgow.

Scotland's most polluted street. Picture; John Devlin

Scotland’s most polluted streets revealed amid health concerns

Lethal fumes linked to cancer, asthma, strokes, foetal development and the onset of brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s are continuing to pollute Scotland’s busiest street seven years after a legal deadline to tackle the problem, an environmental campaign group has said.

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