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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…
A former social worker and current Labour MP for Stockport has condemned the state of social care in Inverness claiming it is 'dreadful'. Ann Coffey, a former social worker for several local authorities, said she was left shocked by the standard of care and lack of properly trained care workers…
A woman who used an electric dog collar on a toddler during a "cruel" catalogue of abuse has been jailed for three years and four months. Lanna Monaghan had acquired the device, which can deliver electric shocks, after witnessing its apparent effectiveness, the High Court in Glasgow heard. The 34-year-old,…
The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) is calling on local authorities in the North of Scotland to get involved in a pilot programme which hopes to raise the profile of Support Work and the important role it plays in rural communities. Specifically, the pilot will look at: what the learning…
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