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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Scotland must win ‘battle of the bulge’

The Scottish Government must step up efforts to win the ‘battle of the bulge’, after new figures shows that one in five children in Primary 1 are at risk of overweight and obesity.

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Ministers can’t ignore rising delayed discharges

New figures raise questions about the Scottish Government’s approach to tackling delayed discharges after they showed the problem continues to worsen.

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Tories cannot be trusted on mental health

I've warned the Tories can’t be trusted on mental health following the publication of their "new" mental health policy.

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Mental health waiting time missed for 20,000 patients

I've called for a mental health professional to be available in every GP practice after it was revealed that one in five patients waited longer than an 18-week treatment target since it was introduced two years ago.

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NHS recruitment problems traced to SNP ministers

Recent figures have showed nursing and midwifery vacancies increased 2.7% in the last quarter to 2634.5, with over 800 posts lying vacant for over 3 months.

 

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Action on obesity has stalled 

I've called for more support for those living with diabetes and obesity after new figures showed that the number of people living with the conditions had reached record levels.

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