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Union organisers are running a mobile advert campaign in a bid to drum up public support for a planned 48-hour strike of thousands of council workers.Around 8,000 members of the GMB and Unison unions are due to walk out on a two-day strike on Tuesday in a long-running row over…
A charity has described the number of winter deaths in Scotland as “staggering”, with statistics showing an increase to the highest level in 18 years.Figures released today by the National Records of Scotland (NRS) reveal a total of 23,137 deaths were registered across the country from December 2017 to March…
A scheme to prevent young people from becoming repeat offenders has been given lottery funding.Police Scotland has been given money to help employ two adult mentors who have first-hand experience of beating the revolving door back to prison.The force’s initiative – which received £84,000 – is among 11 groups sharing…
The first ever campaign targeting the perpetrators of human trafficking and sexual exploitation in Scotland has been launched by police. Officers said traffickers are making potentially millions of pounds from sexually exploiting victims who are left “highly traumatised” by the experience. The £25,000 campaign aims to raise public awareness of…
Children were sexually abused, beaten and humiliated as they lived in a climate of fear and coercive control at an orphanage run by a religious order, an inquiry has found. Youngsters were hit with implements such as leather straps, crucifixes and a dog’s lead at Smyllum Park orphanage in Lanark,…
Private nurseries have raised a series of concerns about the Scottish Government’s flagship proposal to expand free childcare. Ministers have promised to increase free nursery provision from the current 600 hours to 1,140 for three and four-year-olds and eligible two-year-olds by 2020, equivalent to about 30 hours a week in…
The Prime Minister has appointed what is thought to be the world's first Minister for Suicide Prevention in a bid to cut the number of people taking their own lives. Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price (pictured) will lead the national effort and try to end the stigma which stops people from…
The cost of anti-psychotic medication increased by more than 200% in a year mainly due to drug shortages, new data shows. NHS figures for Scotland reveal the gross ingredient cost (GIC) of the drugs rose from £11 million in 2016/17 to £35.7 million in 2017/18 – a rise of 223.8%.…
Good progress has been made on improving services for older people in Aberdeen, inspectors have said. The Care Inspectorate and Healthcare Improvement Scotland has published a progress review of services for older people in the city after an inspection in 2016 identified “important weaknesses” in some aspects of performance by…
Home Secretary Sajid Javid has been accused of putting "party political dogma ahead of people's lives" with his refusal to allow a safe injecting room to be set up in Scotland's largest city. Glasgow Central MP Alison Thewlis begged the Tory Government minister to come to the city and speak…
Scotland's health secretary has told NHS whistleblowing champions to come straight to her if they are not being listened to by their health boards. Jeane Freeman said she would appoint the posts for each NHS board, amid concerns over bullying at some boards and a whistleblower resignation. Speaking at the…
A medicine which helps to improve the quality of life for patients with an aggressive form of leukaemia is one of four drugs approved for use by the NHS in Scotland. The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) has accepted Gemtuzumab ozogamicin, also known as Mylotarg, for the treatment of acute myeloid…
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