Council to take Errington Cheese to court over E.coli warning

A cheese maker suffered a £515,000 drop in sales after being linked to an E.coli outbreak that saw a three-year-old girl die, a court has heard.

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Almost 86 per cent of A&E patients were dealt with within the four-hour target time

Scottish A&E waiting times performance improving despite flu outbreak

Statistics show there were 2,400 fewer patients attending accident and emergency in the second week of the year than the previous week.

Doctors are urging the Scottish Government to review "preventable" child deaths

Scottish Government urged to act on ‘preventable’ child deaths

A doctors’ organisation has called on the Scottish Government to take urgent action to review “preventable” child deaths.

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Neil Diamond retiring from touring after Parkinson’s diagnosis

Neil Diamond has announced he is retiring from touring after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

Shona Robison has been under pressure over the NHS. Picture: Greg Macvean

Senior medic calls for NHS to focus on patients instead of targets

Doctors and nurses are being “diverted away” from frontline care in Scotland’s under-siege hospitals to deal with paperwork and “politically imposed” targets, one of the country’s most senior medics has warned.

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A surge in flu cases has put the NHS under severe pressure (Picture: Getty)

David Galloway: NHS is being harmed by politically driven targets

NHS staff are being diverted from frontline duties caring for patients to fill in admin about waiting-time targets, writes Professor David Galloway.

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Maid Marian star Howard ‘Lew’ Lewis dies in Edinburgh hospital

Maid Marian star Howard ‘Lew’ Lewis dies in Edinburgh hospital

THE former wife of comic actor Howard “Lew” Lewis has paid tribute to the fun-loving star who brought laughter to millions.

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Young women are avoiding smear tests

Young women avoiding smear tests over body embarrassment

Many young women are not attending smear tests because they are embarrassed about their bodies, a cancer charity has warned.

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Zakia Moulaoui from Invisible Cities who is providing haircuts and handing out toiletries to homeless people from the police box on Leith Walk. Photograph: Greg Macvean

Barbers think outside the box to give homeless free haircuts

They’ve been transformed into tiny bespoke coffee kiosks, ticket offices for tourist attractions and even tapas bars after lying abandoned for years.

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Dr John Montgomery, right, the lead GP on the Govan SHIP, with practice manager Vince McGarry. Photograph: Nick Ponty

Leading doctor warns new GP contract fails to meet needs of poor patients

A leading doctor has spoken out against the decision to approve the new GP contract, saying it doesn’t go far enough in addressing the urgent needs of the most deprived people in Scotland.

Gardener with a handful of freshly harvested potatoes

Science unearths neglected health food: potatoes

Move over goji berries and green tea and make way for the humble tattie.

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A better way to encourage sinners like me to eat veg

Aesop’s fable about the wind and the sun is a useful reminder that working with people is a better way of encouraging them to do the right thing. A bit like the wind’s relentless battering, we’ve gone on and on about five a day and as far as anyone can tell it’s not made a blind bit of difference for the last ten years. The Mrs Doyle messaging gets through – five a day is one of the most recognised public health campaigns in the world – but it doesn’t change what people eat.

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St John's Hospital in Livingston. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Protest held over ongoing closure of vital children’s ward

Parents and carers held a protest outside a hospital yesterday over the continued closure of a children’s ward to in-patients who have been seen out of hours.

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Shona Robison.

SNP accused of betrayal over closure of children’s ward

The closure of a children’s ward was described as a “stab in the back” for families who campaigned against the move as political fury erupted over the decision.

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Craig was sentenced at Aberdeen Sheriff Court

Top surgeon suspended after domestic abuse convictions

A leading surgeon has been suspended from practising for a year after it emerged he had been convicted of a string of assaults.

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Richard Leonard made the promise during a speech in Dundee. Picture: TSPL

Richard Leonard pledges to ‘boot out’ PFI deals from NHS

Labour leader Richard Leonard has pledged to scrap costly PFI deals in Scottish hospitals with a call to for the deals to be "booted out" of the NHS.

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Case of flu on the rise in Scotland

Number of flu cases in Scotland rises for third straight week

The number of flu cases in Scotland have risen for the third week in a row, according to official statistics.

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Decision taken to implement new GP contract

New GP contract approved after backing from profession

The BMA’s Scottish GP Committee (SGPC) has today taken the decision to implement the proposed new GP contract for Scotland, following strong backing in a poll of the profession.

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Celtic and Rangers are both sponsored by betting firms. Picture: SNS

Health fears over surge in football betting sponsorship

There has been a huge rise in football shirt advertising by betting companies leading to public health concerns, research by the University of Glasgow and Healthy Stadia has reveale

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The take-up of the flu vaccine has been too low (Picture: SWNS)

Kevan Christie: This year’s flu isn’t Australian

The current furore around the outbreak of so-called Aussie flu has led to outlandish comparisons with the Spanish influenza pandemic of 1918 which claimed the lives of around 50 million people.

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