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Proposed Scottish Employment Injuries Advisory Council Bill – Mark Griffin MSP

In December, as part of my Members’ Bill campaign to establish a new Scottish Employment Injuries Advisory Council, I asked the First Minister whether Covid-19 should be classified as an in industrial disease. The response was optimistic – and rightly so. Because the research from the University of Glasgow and Public Health Scotland that I …

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Bereavement policy priorities for the next Scottish Government – Suzanne Grahame

In any given year, almost a quarter of a million Scots experience a new bereavement while a majority (72%) have experienced at least one bereavement in the last five years. Tragically, with more than 6,000 people in Scotland having lost their life to coronavirus, the number of grieving Scots is currently rising. Yet, despite bereavement …

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If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change – Maimie Thompson

Thinking about what’s happening in the NHS in these troubled times, I recently re-acquainted myself with a line in a book called The Leopard by the Italian writer Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa. The gist of it is, if you forgive my translation: “If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to …

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Digital healthcare – Paul McGinness

From time immemorial, an invariable feature of the interaction between patient and doctor is that it has taken place in person, either in the GP surgery or hospital. That is suddenly changing. The global pandemic COVID-19 presents a unique challenge to health systems around the world and will necessitate the adoption of innovative virtual care solutions. Ingrained patient and clinical behaviours, entrenched stakeholder interests and a complex regulatory framework have made it difficult to operationalise and …

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