Urgent action needed to tackle mounting pressure on the NHS, Audit Scotland report finds
The NHS “urgently needs to move away from short-term fire-fighting to long-term fundamental change”, according to Audit Scotland
SCOTLAND’S PUBLIC spending watchdog, Audit Scotland, has found mounting pressures on the NHS which require a faster pace of reform if a pattern of declining performance is to be halted.
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.
Scottish Government offer biggest pay rise for NHS staff since 2008 recession
NHS nurses pay had fallen 9-14 per cent in real terms since 2011
A SPOKESPERSON from the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) welcomed the biggest proposed pay-rise for NHS staff in Scotland since the 2008 financial crisis.
NHS Scotland workforce reaches record high
Number of professionals working in NHS Scotland has increased by almost 1,000 in the past year
THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT has announced that NHS Scotland’s workforce has reached a record high of more than 140,000 whole time equivalent (WTE) staff.
Thatcher government blamed for increase in Scottish drug deaths
High levels of unemployment and “erosion of hope” led to drug deaths
ECONOMIC, social and political upheaval during the Thatcher years contributed to drug deaths in Scotland, a new report has concluded.
Research carried out by Glasgow University and NHS Scotland found that, due to the high levels of unemployment in the early 1990s, drug related deaths among young people began to rise.
Scots demand clarity after UK health minister's “research visit” to US
MSPs and health campaigners seek assurances of safety for a public NHS after Hunt goes to make friends across the Atlantic
SCOTTISH politicians and social justice campaigners have asked the UK Government to clarify the integrity of the NHS as a public service after the health secretary's trip to the US to encourage industry “links”.