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Charities have called on medical staff to do more to identify carers of terminally ill people to ensure they are getting the support they need. Marie Curie and Macmillan Cancer Support are urging early identification of people caring for those at the end of their lives. A report from the…
A struggling health board has been criticised after an official report revealed it is looking to shed 10% of its workforce. NHS Tayside is aiming to shed around 1,300 members of staff as part of efforts to balance the books, through “natural staff turnover”. It comes despite the Scottish Government…
A man who was sexually abused at a children’s home in the 1970s has spoken of his belief a paedophile ring may have been operating inside the facility. David Whelan, who waived his right to anonymity, said he believed he was being groomed to be “passed on” while he was…
Almost 1,000 children have been transferred from St John’s Hospital (SJH) in Livingston to Edinburgh for treatment due to closures at the children’s ward. The paediatric ward at the West Lothian hospital has been closed to out-of-hours inpatients since July 2017 due to staff shortages. The ward was hit by…
NHS Scotland is planning to consolidate its IT systems into one in a move it hopes will cut waiting times and improve patient care. The health service has signed a deal with Microsoft to bring together more than one hundred separate computer systems into one with the aim of improving…
A child was force-fed to the point where his mouth would bleed during a time in care that was “hell itself”, an inquiry has heard. A witness also told how he thought he was going to die during beatings at Quarrier’s Village in Renfrewshire in the 1960s and 1970s. He…
A man who spent two years in hospital after being subjected to cold baths for wetting his bed in a children’s home has described the institution as a “prison camp”. Thomas Hagan, 82, was a resident at Quarrier’s Village in Renfrewshire between 1938 and 1952 and said it “ruined” his…
More than two thirds of three to five-year-olds attending council nurseries have places for just three hours and 10 minutes per day, according to a new report. A study by childcare campaign group Fair Funding for our Kids found that 68% of all council nursery places for three to five-year-olds…
A former resident of a children’s home has told an inquiry that suffering abuse “became a way of life” for him at the institution. The man described how his house parents at Quarrier’s Village in Renfrewshire in the 1960s would hit, push or shout at children habitually, on a daily…
More Scots are being forced to ask for emergency aid to help with the cost of feeding their families and heating their homes, with six council areas across the country seeing applications for crisis grants rise by 30% or more. Since the Scottish Welfare Fund was set up by ministers…
Health Secretary Jeane Freeman has described Scotland's share of increased NHS spending as an "insult" to the service and its patients. She told MSPs the Scottish Government had been "short-changed" by the Chancellor to the tune of £54.5 million. Philip Hammond's Budget took forward plans to increase funding for the…
Plans have been announced for a new £950,000 centre to enable children and vulnerable adults to give evidence without attending court. The new centre will mean more of these witnesses will be be able to pre-record their evidence for criminal trials in advance, meaning they will not face the potentially…
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