Scalpel on a bloody hand

Time to sort out muddle over ‘medical’ names

What’s in a name? Shakespeare might have it that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but the Royal College of...

NHS at 64 – are we still sending it a Valentine?

Last month I was at an absolutely fantastic wedding where one of the readings – along with The Owl and the Pussycat – was...

Dear NHS, We need to talk about money

By Theresa Fyffe We all know that money is one of the main causes of relationship breakdown and I’m sure the same level of disagreement...

Not just a waiting list scandal – an SNP waiting list scandal

Trying to catch up with press releases and emails after a week away has suddenly become a lot easier, thanks to Scottish Labour. Handily...

BMA Scotland: pension reform is ‘unnecessary and unfair’

By Lewis Morrison This is a historic week for the medical profession as the British Medical Association (BMA) ballots doctors on industrial action. We are taking...
Burning cigarette

Opinion: Time for the Scottish Government to take the next step away from tobacco

By Sheila Duffy Chief Executive of ASH Scotland Scotland has long suffered jokes about the health record of its citizens, and laboured under the “sick man...
Tough bananas

Health and social care – all in this together?

So we’re having another go at integrating health and social care – about time too: it’s been a good eight years since LHCCs transformed...
A plain pack of cigarettes

Opinion: Why cigarette packs should be plain

By Vicky Crichton “Fancy,” “posh” and “pretty” – these are all words used by children in Cancer Research UK’s new video to describe a selection...

Stop political point-scoring on NHS, says nursing leader

By Theresa Fyffe, director of RCN Scotland As a light was briefly shone on the state of our NHS yesterday morning, with the Scottish Parliament’s...

A modest proposal: Dundee busters on every NHS menu

According to the NHS Scotland Gaelic Language Plan (draft), Gaelic “belongs to the whole of Scotland”. “It is our heritage, it is part of...