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A homeless man who stood guard by an open car to make sure a handbag and money was not stolen has been overwhelmed by a campaign that has now seen more than £8,000 raised for him. James McGeown noticed that John McMonagle had left the window down of his car…
A child abuse helpline referred more than 250 calls to police in Scotland over the last year. NSPCC Scotland revealed 265 cases were passed on to authorities in 2016/17, up from 187 in the previous year. There were also a further 167 contacts where helpline staff gave advice about sexual…
MSPs have agreed to remove a deadline for key legislation for the Scottish Government's controversial named person policy. The unanimous decision scrapping the need for the first phase of Children and Young People (Information Sharing) (Scotland) Bill to be considered by Parliament by December 22, paves the way for a…
Around 120,000 older Scots could be living with undiagnosed mental health conditions caused by loneliness and isolation, charities have warned. A quarter of people aged over 65 experience depression when they feel lonely, leading to other problems with anxiety in some cases. The Mental Health Foundation and Age Scotland said…
Scotland's care sector needs an extra £1 billion of funding, MSPs have heard. Donald Macaskill, Scottish Care chief executive, told a Holyrood committee the cash was a "conservative" estimate of the extra money required in the next three years, with more than £300 million expected to be needed next year.…
A young boy at an orphanage in the 1960s did not die as a result of an attack by a nun, an inquiry has been told. The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry heard that Samuel Carr died of a brain haemorrhage at the age of six following an E.coli infection, which…
The NHS continues to miss key cancer waiting times, as new figures showed a third of patients in one health board area had to wait more than two months for treatment to get underway. NHS data showed that from July to September 87.2% of all cancer patients across Scotland started…
Three key standards for looking after people with dementia are only "adequate or less" at almost four out of 10 care homes, a report by inspectors revealed. Overall the Care Inspectorate found that more than half of the 145 homes it examined were "performing at a good or better level…
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