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NHS Scotland staff shortages leads to £26m overtime payments

More than £26 million was paid in overtime to nurses and midwives across Scotland last year, as staff shortages forced thousands of workers to put in extra hours.

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Mhairi Black. Picture: Jane Barlow

Mhairi Black among SNP targets in Labour hospitals campaign blitz

Labour will target vulnerable SNP MPs in seats with at-risk NHS hospital services, with Mhairi Black among the nationalists in the firing line.

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If men take more parental leave, their daughters will grow up in a more equal world, says Jane Bradley

Jane Bradley: How dads can make a more equal world for their daughters

If more men took parental leave, it could lead to a sea change in attitudes among employers, writes Jane Bradley.

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40 per cent of UK employees say they have experienced disrespectful or humiliating behaviour at work

Bullying and harassment in the workplace: Know your rights

It’s easy to feel helpless in the face of workplace intimidation. But it doesn’t need to be so.

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A mother complained to a council watchdog after her child needed hospital treatment for sunburn after returning from a school trip abroad. Picture Picturebay/freeimage

Scots council forced to apologise after pupil sunburnt on school trip

A mother complained to a council watchdog after her child needed hospital treatment for sunburn after returning from a school trip abroad.

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Funding of 90,000 will be provided for a Scottish university to host a new Ph.D studentship

New funding to support research into causes, diagnosis and treatment of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME).

Funding of £90,000 will be provided for a Scottish university to host a new Ph.D studentship focussed on improving understanding of ME – a condition characterised by long-term fatigue and other symptoms that can make it more difficult for a person to carry on their daily life.

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The way we talk about alcohol doesn't convey the damage that it can do (Picture: PA)

Kevan Christie: It can cause sickness and death, but we love it

The latest booze horror story, this time linking the ‘demon drink’ with early onset dementia, once again highlights the curious disconnect between people’s perceptions and reality when it comes to alcohol.

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The inhalers. Picture: MHRA

Thousands of asthma inhalers recalled in safety scare

About 6,000 inhalers used by asthma patients have been recalled by health officials.

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St John's Hospital in Livingston

Cross-party plea for St John’s children’s ward reopening

MSPs from across the political spectrum have joined forces to call for the speedy restoration of 24/7 children’s services at St John’s Hospital in Livingston.

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Stretchable health sensor could improve monitoring of chronic conditions

Stretchable health sensor to improve monitoring of chronic conditions

A new type of flexible, wearable sensor could help people with chronic conditions like diabetes avoid the discomfort of regular pin-prick blood tests.

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New Edinburgh Leisure project will target people with dementia

Sam Scott: Active Communities Team gets moving on ways to help people with dementia stay active

What does the word dementia mean to you? Most ­people associate dementia with memory loss or confusion. Whilst dementia can often start by affecting short-term memory, this is not the only way it reveals itself; it can also affect the way people think, speak, feel and behave.

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Almost eight out of ten Scottish mothers do not even know an NHS website to help with infant feeding exists. Picture Michael Gillen

Just one in 12 new Scots mothers use NHS infant feeding website

An NHS website set up to advise on infant feeding has been visited by fewer than one in 12 new mothers, a major new survey has revealed.

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Members of the National Rural Mental Health Forum

Jim Hume: Mind your mental health – how the problem is being tackled in rural communities

Support in Mind Scotland’s National Rural Mental Health Forum has gone from strength to strength since it was launched in 2016, with more than 40 diverse organisations now signed up.

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St John's Hospital in Livingston.

Fury at ‘downgrade’ of closure-plagued children’s ward

The “downgrade” of a flagship children’s hospital ward must be reversed, opposition MSPs will say at Holyrood today.

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Ninewells hospital in Dundee

Mortality rate in Scottish hospitals drops by 10%

The mortality rate at Scotland’s hospitals has fallen by more than 10% since 2014, new figures show.

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Drug used to treat osteoarthritis ‘no better than placebo’

Drug used to treat osteoarthritis ‘no better than placebo’

An off-label drug thought to be commonly prescribed by doctors to treat osteoarthritis of the hand when conventional medication has failed is ineffective, researchers have said.

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Scotland has a low conviction rate for rape, Picture posed by model. Picture: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire.

Dedicated clinic for sexual violence survivors to open doors

A “groundbreaking” new clinic offering specialised health care for victims of sexual violence is to open later this month.

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It's been reported that The Halo Trust has suspended a staff member following a sexual assault allegation. Picture: Greg Macvean

Scots-based international charity in fresh reports of sexual misconduct

Fresh reports of sexual misconduct at international charities based in Scotland have emerged.

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Medical marijuana on display at a dispensary in Los Angeles, California. Picture: Getty

Calls for British boy to be given medical cannabis licence

MPs have called on the Home Secretary to issue a medical cannabis licence to a six-year-old boy whose rare form of epilepsy improves after taking the drug.

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Among the other controversial proposals are introducing portion limits on the size of takeaway, pub and restaurant meals. Picture: PA

Plans to curb junk food and takeaway portion size in Scotland

The Scottish Govern­ment’s diet and obesity strategy “A Healthier Future” published last year has several eye-catching recommendations.

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