Watch: Coatbridge schools crisis – fear in an authority desert
Claims and counter-claims abound, but one thing we can be sure of is that faith in local governance has collapsed
THE news that teachers at two Coatbridge schools - Buchanan and St Ambrose High Schools in Townhead – will be withdrawn over health concerns has caused consternation in the town.
How Glasgow, drug death capital of Europe, could be following Sydney and Vancouver in saving lives, if not for UK Govt intransigence
Freelance journalist Jonathan Peters speaks to international experts on the value of drug consumption rooms in saving lives, and finds Glasgow’s attempts to introduce the facility are being frustrated by a UK Government determined to put politics before the evidence
Judy Wilkinson: Can allotments be a disruptive force for change in Scotland?
Allotments campaigner Judy Wilkinson says there is now an opportunity to make allotments part of a movement disrupting the present to make a future where community life, healthy living, local democracy and the natural world are intertwined through the allotment in every part of Scotland
DISRUPTORS’ events are everywhere these days from Sir Richard Branson on energy disruptors in Calgary, to RBCDisruptors to CNBC list of 50 Disruptor start ups.
Ronnie Cowan MP: We already know drug consumption rooms will save lives - ignorance is no excuse
Ronnie Cowan, SNP MP for Inverclyde, met with the National Aids Trust on Monday [16 July] to discuss the HIV outbreak in Glasgow. Today, he writes about how the solution is already well known from the experience of the HIV epidemic in the 1980’s – the only barrier is a lack of political will from the UK Government
THE recent report of 934 drug related deaths in Scotland in 2017 highlights a national disgrace which must act as a wake-up call.
The Glasgow Effect: Activism as a public health issue
Common Weal Policy look at a new report on The Glasgow Effect – the excess mortality that comes from living in Glasgow as compared to cities with a similar socio-economic profile – and find the role of politics and activism at the grassroots level to be influential in public health outcomes
“Improving air quality is a social justice issue”, public health experts say
Experts and campaigners say Low Emission Zones must be part of wider strategy to address air pollution “health crisis”
A SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT consultation on Low Emission Zones closed this week, and environmental campaigners Friends of the Earth (FOE) Scotland have been joined by Health Protection Scotland and Glasgow Centre for Population Health in backing the policy as part of a broader, comprehensive approach to reducing air pollution.
John Watson: What would a tobacco-free Scotland look like?
John Watson, Deputy Chief Executive of ASH Scotland, looks at the Scottish Government’s ambition of a tobacco-free generation by 2034, and argues that such a society would be transformative for public health and undermining inequalities in Scotland
THE Scottish Government likes to make the occasional foray into longer-term, more ambitious or visionary targets. The new mental health strategy will run for 10 years, and a series of climate change targets have been set up to 2050, also the year at which it is hoped to see an end to deaths from breast cancer.