Green MSP launches consultation to grant children equal protection from assault
Children to gain new protections in Scotland after consultative bill is published
A CONSULTATION has been launched this Friday (12 May) for a bill in the Scottish Parliament to ensure children in Scotland receive equal protection from assault.
Backed by some of Scotland’s largest charities including the Barnardos, Humanist Society Scotland and the Church of Scotland, John Finnie MSP for the Scottish Greens opened the three month consultation with the aim of guaranteeing equal safety for children.
Charities hail new preventative HIV drug's public debut in Scotland
Preventative drug will be first rolled out in Scotland
SCOTLAND is to become the first nation in the UK to offer, through the NHS, a life saving and extending drug that can lower the risk of HIV infection.
Known as pre-exposure prophylaxis (Prep), it will be used in the NHS to prevent the spread of the virus among high-risk groups as well as people who have an HIV-positive partner.
Dionne Newman: Cervical cancer, no longer the silent killer – but only if you are straight
Writer and student Dionne Newman says LGBT+ women have been dangerously disregarded on serious health issues and it must stop
IT is fantastic news that cervical and ovarian cancers are no longer referred to as "silent killers". This is due to the predictions that come from regular cervical screening tests, alerting women before any major symptoms occur.
This means all women are now much safer and should be able to detect any possible irregularities before they become an issue, right?
Well, no. It doesn’t.
LibDems: ‘Back overwhelming support for opt-out system of organ donation’
Public polling backs opt-out organ donation system
SCOTLAND SHOULD change its policy requiring an opt-in approach to organ donation following new evidence that the public back an opt-out approach, according to the Scottish Liberal Democrats.
A new survey by the British Medical Association (BMA) found that two thirds of people in the UK (65 per cent) support a so-called ‘soft’ opt-out organ donation system.
Asylums in Glasgow: The buildings where madness was managed
In a journey through history, Paul Climey takes a look at Glasgow's history of treating mental illness
OVER the past 200 hundred years the treatment available to people with mental health problems has changed dramatically. In Glasgow the buildings and institutions to lock up or look after these people has also changed.
In the early 1800s, "lunatics" would be locked up in their own sections of the poorhouse. Then huge asylums were built to house these people together, away from the rest of society.
Addiction experts call on Scots to participate in global drug survey
Campaigners say global survey could grant unique insight into drug use in Scotland
CLINICAL EXPERTS from Scotland and the international community are calling on people in Scotland to take part in this year’s Global Drug Survey (GDS).
The Scottish Drugs Forum (SDF) has supported the project by GDS stating that it could improve their understanding of drug use in Scotland.
Philippa Whitford MP: Why we need to see that the EU is so much more than just the single market
SNP MP Dr Philippa Whitford says the benefits of EU membership are not fully appreciated
DURING the Scottish referendum, the main case for independence was self-determination for Scotland; that we should make decisions about our own future.
Sadly, the sovereignty we held for 15 hours on 18 September 2014 was handed back and now we have to accept that the decision on the European Union has basically been made by how England voted.
Alex Stobart: Why person-centred politics should matter in this Scottish Parliament
Alex Stobart says putting people at the heart of service delivery should be a focal point of the new Scottish Parliament
IN December 2015, the Welfare Reform Committee of the Scottish Parliament recommended major principles in a Report on the Future Delivery of Social Security in Scotland.
These principles focus on the people of Scotland, their self-sovereign identity, rights and needs as citizens including -
- Person-centred services in the whole system
- Dignity; respect; non-punitive
- Human rights and the right to participate
Substantial fall in children exposed to second hand smoke at home
Government welcomes progress on meeting health targets early
ONLY 6 PER CENT of children in Scotland are now exposed to the health damage associated from second hand smoke - a figure which has almost halved in a single year.
The decrease, identified in the Scottish Health Survey 2015, has been welcomed by the government for meeting the national target five years ahead of schedule.
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