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Measures aimed at clarifying how information should be shared as part of the controversial ''named person'' scheme do not go far enough, lawyers have said. The Faculty of Advocates said it is concerned steps taken by the Scottish Government will not satisfactorily address issues raised in a legal ruling on…
Staff shortages forced closures at a quarter of children's wards and more than 40% of baby units at Scottish hospitals, new research has found. A total of 25% of paediatric inpatient units and 41.7% of neonatal units had to temporarily close to new admissions due to a shortage of medical…
An acute ward at a Glasgow mental health hospital presented a "much neglected and dismal environment" for patients to be cared in, according to a report. The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland found there were "dated" bedroom areas, unclean windows, tired paintwork and "unkempt" curtains during a visit to Ward…
More than 1,000 mental health patients have been sent out-with their health board area for treatment in the past three years, according to new figures. A freedom of information request from the Scottish Conservatives revealed some patients were sent to England for care between 2014/15 and 2016/17. The research found…
More than three-quarters of unpaid carers in Scotland feel lonely or socially isolated, a new survey has found. A total of 83% said they feel that way due to the pressures of caring for loved ones. Carers who report feeling lonely are almost twice as likely to have worse mental…
Baby boxes will be sent out to new parents across Scotland from this week, as the scheme is introduced across the country. The delivery of the boxes, containing essential items such as clothes, books and blankets, will begin on Tuesday. The national roll-out follows pilot projects in Orkney and Clackmannanshire…
Scotland is being urged to become a world leader in tackling period poverty by bringing in new legislation that would force ministers to ensure sanitary products are provided free for those who need them. Labour MSP Monica Lennon is launching a consultation on a members' Bill aimed at ending the…
The number of patients being kept in hospital who are well enough to leave has risen slightly, new figures have shown. Official statistics from a census carried out in hospitals in June found 1,300 people had to stay in hospital due to delayed discharge, also known as bed-blocking. Delayed discharge…
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