Psychological therapy boost needed

I've called for a step change in mental health treatment in Scotland as new figures revealed that waiting time targets for psychological therapies have been missed.

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Step change needed in approach to mental health

New figures show a number of young people being forced to wait more than a year for specialist mental health treatment, revealing a crisis in mental health services.

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Ministers must deliver sustainable NHS workforce

I've warned the Scottish Government is allowing nurses become overstretched after latest figures show that there are over 2,500 nursing and midwifery vacancies. 

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Action needed on homelessness

We've backed calls from Shelter for urgent action to tackle homelessness as new figures from the charity revealed nearly 30,000 households became homeless in Scotland last year. 

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Action needed to avoid GP shortage

Urgent action is required to address Scotland’s GP crisis as new figures showed more than a quarter of primary care training places have not been filled.

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SNP must do more to reach waiting time targets

Recent figures released on waiting times show the strain that NHS Scotland is under. Investment is badly needed to help reach targets.

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Work is needed to hit cancer targets

Tough targets are no good unless health boards get the support they need to meet them.

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EU nationals vital to Higher Education

The failure of the UK government to guarantee the status of EU citizens in Scotland could have a chilling effect on Edinburgh as new figures revealed that more than 25% of staff at Edinburgh University are non-UK EU citizens.

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Patient privacy must not be put at risk

I've urged the NHS to ensure that patient privacy is not put at risk as new figures revealed a large increase in the number of data breaches across Scotland’s health service.

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More cuts would put NHS under intolerable pressure

Wholesale budget cuts will hurt frontline NHS services following reports that health boards are currently axing £400m from budgets.

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