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Scotland’s public spending watchdog has expressed “serious reservations” about the finances of two health boards which could both require to be bailed out with £22 million of government cash. Auditor General Caroline Gardner spoke about the “significant financial challenges” that both NHS Highland and NHS Ayrshire and Arran face. NHS…
The Scottish Conservatives have called for an independent inquiry to investigate allegations of a “bullying culture” at a health board. Senior clinicians at NHS Highland have raised concerns over a “long-standing bullying culture” which they allege is damaging patient care – claims the board’s medical director Dr Rod Harvey said…
A recently refurbished care home in Inverness has held an official opening event to give guests a first glimpse of its new facilities and an opportunity to meet its care team. Culduthel Care Home was acquired by Meallmore last April and the leading care provider has now fully transformed the…
Police are searching for two teenagers who have been missing since the early hours of the morning. Keir Earl, 13, and Colese Marsden, 15, were reported missing from an address in Wick at around 1.30am on Friday. Colese (pictured) is described as 5ft 2in and of slim build with a…
Two men have been charged over alleged human trafficking offences in Moray. The 45-year-old and 20-year-old are understood to have allegedly forced people to work at a nail bar in Elgin - which is now shut - in unsuitable conditions. Officers in the town worked with other police forces during…
A mother is suing holiday company Thomas Cook after claiming her daughter was abducted from a hotel kids club in Turkey. Janet Alexander took her two daughters Rose and Lois on their first trip abroad to Antalya in April. The single mother said she left Rose, aged five, at a…
An Inverness care home plagued with problems has again been told to make urgent improvements in the care experienced by vulnerable residents. The Care Inspectorate has served a new formal Improvement Notice on Fairfield Care Home in the city following an inspection which raised serious concerns. Inspectors noted that three…
The body of a Scottish man who went missing on a stag weekend in Hamburg has been found, according to a charity helping his family. Liam Colgan, 29, from Inverness, vanished during his brother Eamonn's stag celebrations in the German city in the early hours of February 10. His body…
An MP has criticised the UK Government for its response over missing Inverness man Liam Colgan. Drew Hendry called for Ministers to be sent to the House of Commons to explain why they have failed to respond for three weeks on questions over Mr Colgan's disappearance. The Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch…
By early 2019, clinicians across the North of Scotland will have access to an integrated digital view of a patient’s health and social care data through a new web-based portal provided by Orion Health. Jointly commissioned by four boards in the North of Scotland, the new health and social care…
Health and social care providers across Lochaber are to join forces later this week for a series of events designed to promote the latest job opportunities within the local ‘care at home’ sector. Independent and voluntary care providers such as Crossroads, Day and Night Owls, Carr Gomm and Lucerne have…
A controlling husband who subjected his wife to almost 30 years of domestic abuse has been jailed. Self-employed crofter Robert Simmons, 62, used a variety of abusive means to dominate and humiliate his spouse and assert control over her. His actions, which included hosing her down with cold water in…
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