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A controlling husband who subjected his wife to almost 30 years of domestic abuse has been jailed. Self-employed crofter Robert Simmons, 62, used a variety of abusive means to dominate and humiliate his spouse and assert control over her. His actions, which included hosing her down with cold water in…
Hospital nurses are having to take on catering duties because of "extreme" staffing issues. The move at Portree Hospital on Skye has been branded "completely inappropriate" and raised fears over patient safety. NHS Highland asked the nurses to do the work of kitchen staff as they had been moved to…
A watchdog has told a health board to apologise to a car crash victim for “significant failings” in his treatment including risking paralysis by not diagnosing his spine fracture. The patient was treated at Balfour Hospital in Orkney following a car accident but was not given a spine x-ray despite…
A hospice was among those defrauded by a £2.5 million banking scam in the Scottish Highlands. The Highland Hospice lost a six-figure sum when the phone-based scam, known as vishing, hit companies between July 19 and 30. Some of the money has been recovered and work is continuing with banks…
Buying a house is, experts agree, the single most stressful thing any of us will ever do. Finding and securing the perfect property is, we are told, more fraught than getting married, having a baby, getting divorced, losing a job or becoming bankrupt. It is, in short, no fun. If…
A Highland social worker has been struck off the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) register for sexually assaulting a woman during a visit to her home in June 2015. Appearing at Inverness Sheriff Court, David Macrae of Tain, admitted that he told the victim he wondered how her bra could…
Health and social care services in Orkney are delivering good outcomes for many older people, but improvements are also needed in some key areas. That is the view of inspectors following a joint inspection of services for older people across Orkney Islands Health and Social Care Partnership which looked at…
A health board has apologised after a woman died from a brain tumour six days before an MRI scan. An investigation by the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman (SPSO) found several failings in NHS Highland's handling of the case. The health board said it was "truly sorry" and would be writing…
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