HIV drug decision will save lives

I'm delighted that PrEP, a drug which dramatically reduces the chances of being infected with HIV is to be made available on the NHS in Scotland.

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Lib Dems demand Ruth Davidson opposes mental health cuts

Scottish Liberal Democrats have penned an open letter to Ruth Davidson, asking whether she opposes new regulations from the UK Government that will mean thousands miss out on essential mental health support.

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Delayed discharge figures show need for major change

A year on from the integration of health and social care, new delayed discharge figures show the need for it to bring about the major changes that were promised.

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Former Health Secretary “has put his head above the parapet”

I've welcomed the news that a former Health Secretary has “put his head above the parapet” and spoken out about the condition of the NHS under the SNP Government. 

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454 days late and still no mental health transformation

The 2017-2027 Mental Health Strategy was published at the end of last week, and there is still no transformation to be seen.

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69 MSPs with a constitutional obsession

Tuesday was a day full of frustrations. An afternoon of the same arguments being repeated again and again in identikit speeches about why Scotland should now chose to strike out on her own and avoid the teeth of Brexit. Particularly when I am among those who at no point have offered the First Minister consent to use our votes to remain in Europe as leverage to bring about a second referendum. With the capitulation of the Green party, yesterday’s debate was a foregone conclusion. As such, it didn’t feel like an efficient afternoon’s work for a MSP not least because this question was settled two years ago. However, my frustrations were not based on what we were debating but on what we weren’t. 

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Growing health inequalities demands step change

I've called for a step change in mental health after new statistics exposed the size of the health gap between the most deprived and least deprived areas.

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“Disgrace” that cancer targets missed time after time

The Scottish Government must explain how it will improve cancer waiting times and end the “disgrace” of their targets being missed time after time.

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Cole-Hamilton: Number of NHS Beds must meet demand

I've called on the Scottish Government to ensure there are enough NHS beds to meet demand after new statistics showed the number available has continued to fall.

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Junior Doctor safety should be paramount

The SNP have ditched a promise to reduce the working hours of junior doctors.

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