More support needed to tackle drug misuse

I've warned that cuts to drug and alcohol services will not help tackle Scotland's drug problem as new figures show an increase in the number of people admitted to hospital as a result of drug misuse.

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SNP in denial over GP crisis

The Cabinet Secretary for Health has her head in the sand on Scotland’s GP crisis after she denied that Scotland is facing a crisis in primary care.

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SNP need to reverse cancer waiting times

I've called on the SNP to act to improve cancer waiting times after new figures show that targets have been missed again. 

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action needed to tackle mental health stigma

I've called for a step change in support for people struggling with mental ill health as a new survey found that people with mental health problems and other “invisible” illnesses worry about telling others about their conditions.

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Support needed to sustain social care

I've called on the Scottish Government to support social work after an Audit Scotland report found services will not be sustainable in the long term.

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Time to get to grips with supporting A&E services

The Scottish Government have announced an extra £9 million funding for A&E services.

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Depression figures show need for mental health boost

I've called for a transformational investment in mental health services after new figures revealed 20% of adults reported one or more symptoms of depression – a 43% increase since 2008/09.

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Strain on waistbands will strain NHS

I've warned that Scotland is losing the battle of the bulge as new figures revealed waist sizes in Scotland are increasing and two thirds of adults are overweight.

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Action needed to cut physiotherapy waiting times

I've called for action to cut waiting times for physiotherapy and other musculoskeletal services provided by allied health professionals.

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GP funding boost needed

I've called for urgent action to boost primary care as new figures from the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) suggested that Scotland is losing a GP every eight days.

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