Scottish health boards facing financial difficulties – report

Nursing leaders have accused Scotland’s health boards of providing reports which are inconsistent, generally inaccessible and which “obscure what’s really happening on the ground”. This...

Why we risk burdening future generations with something far worse than debt

Rosie Robertson, manager of the Bridgeton Community Learning Centre in Glasgow, uses an interesting metaphor to describe her clients and neighbours. “We are,” she says,...

Novice climbers and charity walkers 'take unnecessary risks' over altitude

With the trend for taking on even more demanding challenges in the name of charity – or personal ambition – climbers had better take...

Doctors still reluctant to blow whistle on colleagues – survey

Despite efforts nationally and by some NHS bodies locally, doctors are still reluctant to blow the whistle on poor practice, according to a British...

Resurrecting Edinburgh’s plague doctor – leeches and all

By Johnny Campbell, general manager of the Edinburgh Dungeon Boy am I thankful for modern healthcare – for things we take for granted, like doctors...

NHS strategy shifts from targets to quality

The Scottish government’s NHS quality strategy, launched yesterday, might turn out to be one of the most significant policy documents from the current administration. That’s...

A convent truth? New research advises nuns to go on the pill

Is the Lancet really trying to wind up the Pope just as he approaches one of his busiest times of the year? The venerable...

Energy drinks 'give competitive edge' to young

Taking energy drinks when playing in team sports may give young people a competitive advantage, according to research from Edinburgh. Sports scientists have found that...

Scottish Government to roll out eyecare electronic referral programme nationwide

The Minister for Public Health, Shona Robison, is expected to announce in the coming week that an innovative eyecare referral programme, piloted in Fife...

Pioneers of obstetrics 'were serial killers'

Were the "fathers" of modern obstetrics actually serial murderers? That’s the contention of research published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine...