Progressive Scotland? 5 graphs showing Scotland’s stark and growing health inequalities
CommonSpace explores newly published Scottish Government data on health inequalities, which includes recent trends.
THE Scottish Government has today [11 December] published new statistics on long-term health inequalities.
Health inequality is perhaps one of the best ways of assessing how progressive any society is, and the trends in health inequalities shows us whether a society is becoming more or less progressive.
What does the Scottish Health Survey tell us about how healthy Scotland is?
CommonSpace breaks down the key findings from the 2017 Scottish Health Survey
THE Scottish Health Survey for 2017 was published by the Scottish Government yesterday [26 September].
The survey is published yearly and gives an overview of key mental and physical health indicators in Scotland.
How healthy is Scottish society? CommonSpace breaks down the key findings from this year’s survey.
Mental Wellbeing Scale
Guppi Bola: Safe and affordable food for all is a human right
Following fresh controversy in the Scottish Parliament over the need for a Good Food Nation Bill, food justice campaigners are feeling inspired into action on the growing crisis of food insecurity. Guppi Bola, interim-director of Medact, explores the interrelated nature of income insecurity, hunger and its impact on health inequality.
UNDERSTANDING food insecurity across the UK has long been a concern of campaigners.
Major push on Mental Health but Education criticisms unaddressed: Everything you need to know about #ScotPfG
CommonSpace provides a detailed overview of the key announcements in Nicola Sturgeon’s Programme for Government, including what wasn’t addressed
FIRST MINISTER NICOLA STURGEON has announced a swathe of new measures as part of the Scottish Government’s plans for the coming year, including a package of initiatives on mental health, progress on the Scottish National Investment Bank and enshrining further protections for children in law, as well as increased funding in areas of infrastructure, health and the environment.
SNP MP says public pharma company could better provide medicinal cannabis after government green light
SNP MP Ronnie Cowan has argued that a publicly owned pharmaceutical company could deliver newly available cannabis-based medicines to NHS patients
AFTER a green light from the Home Office for NHS experts to use cannabis-based medicines to treat patients, an SNP MP and long-time drug reform campaigner has expressed concern about the role of pharmaceutical giants in providing the new drugs.
Pharma for the 'common good'? Calls to end corporate monopoly as figures reveal rising NHS prescriptions bill
New NHS figures reveal average prescription cost has risen nearly 15 per cent in five years
SOCIAL JUSTICE campaigners have called for a shift away from the ‘profit-driven model’ of the pharmaceutical industry as new figures reveal NHS Scotland is facing increasing strain on its budget from prescription costs.
SNP blames UK Govt’s 'abject failure' on drug policy for rise in Scottish drug deaths
SNP MP questions whether delay in appointing a ‘Recovery Champion’ is due to expert opposition to UK drug policy
FOLLOWING the publication of the latest drug death statistics in Scotland, SNP MP Ronnie Cowan has today (4 July) described the UK Government’s delay in appointing a Recovery Champion for drug abuse as a “disgrace”.
‘Holding patients' lives to ransom’: Scottish cancer patients call for government intervention as big pharma prices NHS out
Petition calls on Scottish Government to use special license to usurp corporate monopoly on cancer drug
THE JUST Treatment campaign has gained over 5000 signatures on a petition asking the Scottish Government to use a Crown use licence to allow NHS access to pertuzumab, a breast cancer treatment.