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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Cancer support falling short

Support being given to those suffering from cancer is falling short after new statistics showed that key waiting time targets were once again missed.

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82% increase in long chronic pain waits

NHS patients and staff deserve better after new figures showed the number of people waiting longer than 18 weeks for chronic pain treatment has risen by 82% during 2016.

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