Posts Tagged ‘Scotland’

Supreme Court rules that Scotland can set a minimum price for alcohol

The UK Supreme Court has ruled that Scotland can set a minimum price for alcohol, rejecting a challenge by the alcohol industry. Ministers said a 50p-pe...

Scottish recruitment crisis: “Consultant care must be available when patients need it”

NHS consultant vacancies are continuing to increase in Scotland. The official figures published by ISD Scotland show that there has been a 29% increase ...

Consultant vacancies in Scotland “worrying”

Vacancies in NHS consultant positions have continued to increase in Scotland creating fears of workforce shortages. The official figures published by IS...

SNP prepared to vote on English health laws

The leader of the SNP has told the BBC that her MPs will vote on English health matters if it helps to protect the Scottish NHS. Nicola Sturgeon's comment...

Scottish inquiry reveals systemic failures

The Vale of Leven Hospital Inquiry has revealed that serious personal and systemic failures contributed  to the deaths of 34 patients from Clostridium dif...

Scottish MPs need to focus on NHS sustainability

Now that we have the referendum result, with a majority voting 'no' to independence, it is time to deal with the big challenges facing the NHS in Scotland....

Are Scottish voters giving informed consent?

If anyone is asked whether they would like a salary rise, free higher education, a better NHS, what would be the expected reply? So, it is hardly surpris...

Scottish independence: NHS in ‘£400m funding gap’

Confidential papers passed to the BBC suggest a radical cost-saving plan will be implemented in the Scottish NHS after the referendum. The papers were p...

Democracy absent in Scottish independence vote

For a moment there on Sunday, I felt some respite. The death of the Reverend Ian Paisley and the incineration of a dog’s home pushed the Scottish Referen...

Postal voting the way forward despite ebay

My postal vote arrived last week for the Scottish referendum. And, 'no', the voting slip didn't go on eBay. It is possibly the simplest ballot paper I hav...

Six in 10 Scottish doctors oppose independence

Six in 10 doctors working in Scotland plan to vote against separation from the UK in next month’s referendum. A survey finds that 60% plan to vote “no...