The woman who orders doctors to wash their hands

In the fourth of a series of interviews with people who have an impact on health and health services in Scotland, The Caledonian Mercury...

Scottish Government should keep free eye tests

By Stuart Crawford We’re pretty good at doing ourselves down, we Scots are, so it’s high time we actually acknowledged one of the things...

Hospital horror stories to cut down the fat of the land

The timing was almost enough to make a cynic wonder if it was deliberate. First, we get the government’s obesity strategy, warning of the ill-health...

LETTER FROM SCOTLAND 9th May 2014

Fate is a cruel thing. This week we are mourning the loss of a young, courageous and talented woman who we are proud to...

Ambulances, waiting times and MRSA: how UK nations have fared under devolution

By Jennifer Dixon, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Health and healthcare policy have been a matter for the separate administrations in Scotland, Wales...
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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...

Don't knock your five-a-day for six, say Scots health experts

So, had your five-a-day yet? And, if not, does it really matter? Research published this week appeared to cast some doubt on the current orthodoxy,...

Kinloch Rannoch GP campaigners should forget Dr Finlay

I hope that members of the Scottish Parliament’s Health Committee enjoyed their wee trip to Rannoch yesterday; it’s a lovely part of the...

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...

Scottish NHS goes back to Hippocratic basics

The health service in Scotland will be expected to go back to basics – millennia-old ones at that – in implementing the quality strategy...