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I’ve seen the future in Tiverton Tesco

To Tiverton in Devon on Sunday lunchtime in search of a sandwich – not an easy task, it turns out, and we end up...
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The ‘best exotic’ waiting lists scandal

In The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, an apparently anachronistic note is struck when Muriel, the racist former housekeeper played by Maggie Smith, is told...

How tied are the Scottish Government’s hands on NHS pensions?

The Scottish Government has made it clear that it doesn’t like Westminster’s plans for public sector pensions. As recently as last Thursday, health secretary...

Quaint relic or current scourge? Room for improvement on smoking

In the 1951 girls' career novel Front Page Ann Thorne by Rosamond Bertram, our eponymous heroine is in a bit of a scrape. Caught...

Opinion: Why we can’t rely on the state to look after us in our...

Martin Sime is director of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, and writes a monthly column for The Caledonian Mercury. When we think about our...

Opinion: What next for NHS Scotland?

Theresa Fyffe Director of RCN Scotland In light of the announcement on cuts to the NHS workforce this week, one thing is clear: NHS Scotland- and...

Renewed calls for ‘talking therapy’ counsellors in all Scottish schools

By Stuart Crawford The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) has renewed calls that there should be a trained counsellor in every Scottish school....

Doctors warned not to compromise confidentiality via social media

Asked if he has ever Tweeted anything he regrets, junior doctor Alan Robertson pauses just a moment. “No – except if it’s got a...

Profiteering, poor management and abuse: a care system in crisis

Martin Sime is director of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, and writes a monthly column for The Caledonian Mercury. While news stories about Southern...

CHPs have had their chips – at least in their current form

They were supposed to be the organisations which would bridge the gaps between primary and secondary care, and also between health and social care....