Archive for Health

Monday, February 9th, 2015 @ 10:24AM

Scotland’s NHS is critically ill

Kezia drops some truths about the state of Scotland’s NHS in her Daily Record column this week: If you want to take the pulse of Scotland’s NHS, listen to the beat of our Accident and Emergency Departments. They’re racing, staff are under severe pressure and starved of the resource they…

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Friday, February 6th, 2015 @ 1:45PM

First Minister’s Questions 5th February 2015

At First Minister’s Questions on 5th February 2015, Kezia asked the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon about the governments record on NHS waiting times in Scotland. After asking the First Minister to tell the Parliament whether the number of patients in Scotland who wait more than 12 hours in accident and…

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Friday, November 27th, 2009 @ 12:31PM

The Battle with the Booze

Some facts about Scotland’s relationship with alcohol:  * There are 1,500 deaths a year in Scotland related to alcohol – a figure that has more than doubled in the last 15 years  * 42,500 alcohol related discharges. * Scots are the eighth highest consumers of alcohol in the world.  Truth…

Saturday, July 5th, 2008 @ 6:49PM

Happy 60th Birthday!

The NHS is officially 60 today! In order to celebrate, a number of Labour activists took to Princes Street with two giant birthday cards for people to sign. The response was really good and loads of people were keen to share their stories of a first class health service but…

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Friday, June 6th, 2008 @ 7:00AM

Direct Elections Part Deux

I predicted that after a full consultation, Nicola Sturgeon would try her very best to dump the policy after seeing the policy slammed left right and centre by medical experts and patient groups alike. It appears that I was wrong. The BMA, The Scottish Consumer Council, Stonewall Scotland, Royal College…

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Saturday, January 19th, 2008 @ 5:39PM

Hands Off

Spent the best part of today collecting signatures for the Evening News “Hands Off the Sick Kids” campaign. The response to the petition was really good. In fact lots of people were walking up to me and literally taking the petition out of my hand o sign it. I spoke…

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Wednesday, January 16th, 2008 @ 8:06PM

Presumed Consent

One issue which Nicola Sturgeon, Gordon Brown, Alex Neil, Robin Harper, Margo MacDonald and Mike Pringle all agree on is that the law on organ donation is in desperate need of a revolution. Who would have thought that my boss, George Foulkes would have been the man to bring them…

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Wednesday, January 9th, 2008 @ 1:29PM

Direct Elections to Health Boards

The SNP’s third highest health priority in their Manifesto after legally binding waiting times (A lawyer at every bedside…), and a presumption against centralising core hospital services (SNP set to close Sick Kids in Edinburgh!) was to introduce Direct Elections to health boards. The consultation document for the planned Local…

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