Worrying drop in NHS bed numbers

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 fallen for the third year running.

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Calls for anti-smoking boost

I've called on the Scottish Government to do more to help Scots quit smoking as figures released today show that the number of people attempting quit with the help of the NHS has dropped for the fourth consecutive year. 

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Cancelled operations reveal capacity challenges

I've called on Scottish Government Ministers to give health boards the support they need as new figures revealed the NHS cancelled more than 20 operations a day due to capacity or non-clinical reasons in August.

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Cancer survey reveals cause for concern

Responses to a survey of cancer patients suggests staff are overstretched and struggling to provide people suffering from cancer with all the support they need.

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Ministers must ensure Ambulance Service is supported

The Scottish Ambulance Service has announced that a new response system to prioritise serious road crashes and cardiac arrest is to be trialled.

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Investment vital to mental health services

Investment in mental health services is urgently required.

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NHS vote sends clear message to SNP

Parties across the chamber backed a motion calling for extra scrutiny of NHS closure decisions - the Scottish Government were defeated.

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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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