Alcohol Focus Scotland

Recently I met with Alison Douglas from Alcohol Focus Scotland to discuss their work and their campaign to ensure children have alcohol free childhoods. Fantastic to hear about all the great work they're doing. 

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Mental health boost needed to help GPs

I've urged the Scottish Government to back calls for specialist mental health practitioners to be introduced into GP surgeries to cut the pressure facing the primary care sector.

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People still in dark over Queensferry Crossing

People in Edinburgh are still in the dark over when the new Queensferry Crossing will open.

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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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