Scottish Health

Scottish Health

Scotland tops UK’s unavoidable death rate list

Politicians have expressed concern at Scotland’s “shamefully high” avoidable death rate after new analysis showed it is the highest in the UK.

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We have been highlighting the cause of veterans all this week. Picture: Greg Macvean

Austerity politics ‘contributing to suicides among veterans in Scotland’

The Scottish Government must take immediate action to identify the number of veterans in Scotland taking their own lives after serving in conflicts, the Scottish Shadow Cabinet Secretary for health has said.

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Alfie Dingley become the first person in the UK to receive a licence to be treated with medicinal cannabis.

Doctors ‘should be allowed to prescribe cannabis’

Doctors should be allowed to prescribe medicinal cannabis to patients in the UK, the official body which advises the UK Government on drugs has said.

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Scotland is in the midst of GP crisis.

Number of Scots medical students drops to 10-year low

The number of young Scots studying clinical medicine at university north of the Border has dropped to a ten year-low, official figures indicate.

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Joe Fitzpatrick announced the move.

Government announces boys to be vaccinated against HPV

Adolescent boys in Scotland are to receive the same cancer vaccine as girls to tackle the worrying rise in mouth tumours north of the Border, it has been announced.

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Jeane Freeman, the new Health Secretary, came under fire for allegedly smoking (Picture: John Devlin)

Kevan Christie: Judge politicians and officials by ability, not BMI

The public shaming of NHS Scotland’s chief executive and our new Health Secretary – who were told to quit their bad habits and “practice what they preach” – overstepped the mark in terms of intruding into people’s private lives.

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Scotland needs more doctors

Leader comment: Health service without doctors is not worthy of the name

An array of different pressures have combined to create a crisis for the NHS in Scotland.

Opinion

Defence cuts leading to ‘more veterans with PTSD being left to sleep rough’

Cuts to the armed forces’ budget means opportunities to help serving personnel, especially those needing extra support, prepare for leaving the services are very limited, the shadow Scotland minister has said.

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David Hagen (left) runs at John Philiben of Motherwell in a game at Fir Park in 1995. Picture: TSPL

Ex-Hearts and Rangers star David Hagen diagnosed with MND

Former Hearts star David Hagen is battling motor neurone disease (MND), it has been revealed.

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Simon Gillespie, chief executive at the British Heart Foundation said the figures point towards an 'emerging and very urgent challenge'. Picture: contributed

Heart disease patients with multiple illnesses ‘in need of more help’

More needs to be done to cater for two million heart disease patients who also suffer from other conditions, a leading charity has said.

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Nicola Sturgeon wears her 'Choose Love' T-shirt at the Pride march in Glasgow. Picture: SNS

Kezia Dugdale: Sturgeon can have no “pride” over HIV services

I for one was delighted to see Scotland’s First Minister lead the Pride march in Glasgow on Saturday.

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Police are investigating after a number of homes were broken into in Penicuik earlier this week.

Class A drugs seized in East Lothian drugs raid following tip off

Police in East Lothian have arrested a man after Class A drugs were seized in Gullane.

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Pregnancy is not always a joyful event (Picture: Getty)

Hayley Matthews: Pre-natal depression hit hard after praying for baby

After six months of keeping it a secret (I’ll get to the reasons why later), I’ve finally announced to the world that we’re expecting our second child at the end of October.

Opinion
Jeane Freeman worked as a nurse so has more experience of the NHS than most in the Scottish Government (Picture: John Devlin)

Kevan Christie: Jeane Freeman makes good start as Health Secretary

Scotland’s new Health Secretary appears to have got off to a flyer in terms of addressing the range of issues that weighed down her predecessor, Shona Robison, leading to her inevitable resignation and creating a siege mentalilty in the higher echelons of Holyrood.

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Scotland needs more doctors

Junior Scots doctors to get 46-hour respite after night shifts

Junior doctors are to get a rest period of 46 hours after working a run of night shifts in an attempt to reduce fatigue, it has been announced.

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An action plan has been released to cut physical inactivity by 15 per cent across Scotland

Push to cut physical inactivity by 15 per cent across Scotland

Ministers have unveiled an action plan to help cut physical inactivity by 15 per cent across Scotland by 2030.

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Irvine Welsh strips down to his boxers for charity

Irvine Welsh strips for prostate cancer awareness

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Vicki Brown is among those who could benefit from DNA tests and their transformation of the NHS. Picture: Neil Hanna

DNA tests predicted to transform next 70 years of NHS

DNA tests have the potential to transform the next 70 years of NHS care thanks to work carried out by the Scottish Genomes Partnership, a collaboration of the countries universities.

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MSPs shocked by poor and hungry Scottish pupils

MSPs have expressed their deep concern at increasing child poverty and are appalled that children are going to school hungry.

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Selkirk Sheriff Court. Picture: JP

NHS worker ‘made girls drink excessive amounts of water then watched them urinate’

AN NHS health worker accused of making young girls drink excessive quantities of water and then watching them urinate will stand trial later this year.

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