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A group of community nurses working in specialisms across Scotland have been awarded the title of Queen’s Nurse.Among the 21 to receive the honour are nurses working with substance misuse, multiple sclerosis and motor neurone disease patients.They were selected earlier this year to take part in a nine-month development programme…
Glasgow is to become the first Scottish city to join a major global initiative aimed at halting the spread of HIV.Council leaders are to sign up to the Paris Declaration on Fast-Track Cities Ending the AIDS Epidemic – a move which will commit the city to working to end new…
Ministers are pledging to take an “innovative” approach to tackling drug and alcohol addiction in Scotland, even if it makes some people “uncomfortable”.Public Health Minister Joe FitzPatrick said the Scottish Government is committing an extra £20 million a year through its new strategy.He warned: “This money mustn’t just produce more…
The capacity of childcare services in Scotland has decreased, prompting renewed fears the Scottish Government will not be able to meet its pledge to expand free nursery provision.It has pledged to increase paid-for nursery places from the current 600 hours to 1,140 for three and four-year olds, and eligible two-year…
The chief executive of NHS Scotland will step down early next year after more than five years in the role.Health Secretary Jeane Freeman paid tribute to the “excellent” work done by Paul Gray.She also announced the man sent in to take over the running of NHS Tayside after it was…
An independent report has urged ministers to raise the age of criminal responsibility in Scotland to 16 and set up a new youth justice system for offenders up to the age of 21.The work, commissioned jointly by the charity Action for Children and Bruce Adamson, Scotland’s Children and Young People’s…
The Brexit deal Theresa May is seeking to "impose" on Scotland could end up costing the equivalent of £1,600 a year, Nicola Sturgeon has warned.The First Minister (pictured) branded the draft deal drawn up by the UK Government as "unacceptable" and insisted: "In short it will make us poorer."She spoke…
Scotland could become a “world-leader in ending homelessness” under a new plan to end rough sleeping, charities have said.The Scottish Government said it will shift towards getting homeless people into long-term and settled accommodation as part of their Ending Homelessness Together Action Plan.Described as a “historic opportunity to make a…
Domestic abuse incidents recorded by police in Scotland have risen in the past year but the Justice Secretary says he is confident new laws will help tackle the crime.A total of 59,541 incidents of domestic abuse were recorded in 2017-18, according to Scotland’s chief statistician, an annual increase of 1%.In…
Cash transfers should be given to Scotland’s poorest families to help them cope during the school holidays, a poverty commission has recommended.A report from the Poverty and Inequality Commission highlighted low income families face a number of pressures during holiday periods, ranging from food insecurity to a lack of opportunities…
An action plan to tackle violence against women in Scotland is to be expanded.The Equally Safe strategy launched last year included measures to teach school children the importance of consent and healthy relationships.Now as part of a United Nations campaign of 16 days of activism around violence against women, the…
New guidelines surrounding the sentencing of all offenders are coming into force in Scotland's courts.For the first time in Scotland, the guidelines set down the fundamental principles and purposes of sentencing in a document.The guidelines, developed by the Scottish Sentencing Council, were approved by three senior judges at the end…
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