Horrendous A&E Waiting Times

The latest A&E waiting times are “simply horrendous” after they recorded the worst performance since March 2015. 

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Over 60,000 attacks on NHS staff

I revealed that over 60,000 attacks on NHS staff have occurred in the last four years; figures which are totally unacceptable. 

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Forth Bridge closure blow to commuters

The lorry crash on the Forth Road Bridge will lead to the crossing will be disrupted for several days.

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Cleft surgery decision bitter blow to campaigners

I've criticised the decision by the Scottish Government to centralise cleft surgery services to Glasgow.

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SNP must answer for loss of hospital beds

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

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Intolerable record low A&E performance at QEUH

I've warned SNP ministers that patients can’t be expected tolerate long waits at A&E this winter as new statistics showed the worst weekly performance since January and the super hospital in Glasgow recording its worst week on record ever.

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Oath of allegiance is gimmick politics

I branded Conservative proposals for a British oath of allegiance as “gimmick politics” after the UK communities secretary Sajid Javid proposed that public servants could be required to swear an oath to British values.

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We need a step change in approach to mental health

The Scottish Government has announcement that it will invest £10 million in mental health.

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Need for Mental Health First Aid

I've backed a campaign calling for mental health first aid to be placed on a par with general first aid practice in the workplace.

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GP crisis a ‘perfect storm’

The news that a third of GPs are planning to retire from general practice within the next five years is the latest revelation in a “perfect storm” of recruitment and retention issues.

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