GP bursaries are no silver bullet

Today the Scottish Government announced plans for GP trainee bursaries, but where is the long term solution?

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Stroke patients missing out on care

I've put pressure on the Scottish Government to ensure that the quality of care stroke patients receive is not determined by where they live, after a report showed key targets are being missed.

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Quizzing the Scottish Government on health board centralisation

Following the news that the number of regional health boards could be reduced from 14 to 3 or 5 I decided to press the Scottish Government to reveal its plans. 

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Children turned away from mental health unit

I recently asked some parliamentary questions about Dudhope House in Tayside where they have a mental health facility for young people. I found out children were turned away on 21 occasions in the year since it opened due to a lack of available staff and beds.

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Is the NHS safe from centralisation?

My heart sank when I heard the news that ministers were considering reducing the number Health Boards from fourteen to three or five. 

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Troubled NHS 24 IT system must finally deliver

The Scottish Government confirmed it would re-start the roll out of their NHS IT system this summer.

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NHS overtime shows staffing pressures

Staffing problems in the NHS seem to be getting worse, not better as new figures showed more than £20 million was paid in overtime to consultants in 2015/16.

 

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NHS boards need support to cut cancelled operations

NHS boards must get the support they need to ensure that patients do not face unnecessary disruption as new figures revealed more than 600 patients had their operations cancelled for capacity or non-clinical reasons in June.

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Urgent action needed to boost cancer screening rates

Urgent action is required to boost cancer detection rates as new figures revealed bowel cancer screening rates have fallen.

 

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It's time the SNP got serious about supporting the NHS

I've called on SNP Ministers to got serious about supporting doctors and nurses after UNISON raised concerns over NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s £69 million funding gap.

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