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The Scottish Government's named person scheme could "overload" the social work system, a Holyrood committee has been told. The Scottish Association of Social Workers (SASW) said uncertainty around a new code of practice for the scheme could result in a "better safe than sorry" approach to referrals, leading to a…
Cancer waiting times are the worst for 10 years, campaigners said, as new figures showed 13% of patients who are urgently referred do not start treatment in the target time. The Scottish Government's ambition is for 95% of those who are referred because cancer is suspected to be treated within…
The number of sexual cyber crimes recorded by police has soared over the past three years, according to new research. The Scottish Government has announced an expert group to tackle sexual crime as new analysis by statisticians revealed the scale of the problem. Sexual crimes in the category that includes…
Lawyers have warned about the possible impact Brexit could have on the NHS, claiming that leaving the European Union could result in delays in patients getting new medicines and also impact on the supply radioisotopes used in cancer treatment. The Law Society of Scotland said leaving the EU "will affect…
An amnesty on care equipment has been launched in the Scottish Borders with people being urged to hand in items they no longer need. The Scottish Borders Health and Social Care Partnership, working with council-owned social care provider SB Cares, hopes to recycle and re-issue the items. Walking and bathing…
MSPs have called for clarity on proposed changes to the controversial named person policy following criticism from lawyers and health workers. Holyrood's Education Committee has written to Deputy First Minister John Swinney to seek more information on the impact fresh legislation will have on the workload of professionals. Under the…
Changes to domestic abuse law which would criminalise emotional and psychological abuse have been backed unanimously by a committee of MSPs. The Justice Committee agreed to the general principles of new legislation from the Scottish Government, with convener Margaret Mitchell saying it could make a "huge difference" to those who…
Flexibility in childcare services increased last year, with a higher proportion of providers offering longer opening hours and school holiday sessions, a new report has found. The Care Inspectorate said there was a "considerable increase" in the opening times of many daycare services such as nurseries and playgroups. It found…
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