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Should we be worried about the number of hospital beds? – Gordon Hector

A wee theme has emerged during the ambulance crisis: that it comes after years of cutting bed numbers, and therefore the NHS isn’t ready. This claim popped up earlier in summer, and then again last week. It’s true, but only half the story. Here’s why. An NHS bed exists in time and space: technically we count …

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Predictions for Holyrood health policy over the next 5 years – Gordon Hector

Now that the dust has settled on the election, we can start making some intelligent guesses about the debates which will shape the 2021-26 parliament. Political predictions are famously easy to make, after all. Here are mine, on how health and care will evolve at over the next 5 years – and which the new …

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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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