Health

Huntington’s disease: northern Scotland has one of world’s highest rates and rising sharply – here’s why

Author / Creator: Zofia Miedzybrodzka

Media type: News Media

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Although Huntington’s disease is particularly common in northern Scotland, our data clearly shows that there is far more Huntington’s diagnosed now than the previous prevalence studies suggest, and more people with the HD gene are testing before the appearance of symptoms to access better care and research trials.


Scotland’s COVID inquiry must be credible, timely and thorough – here’s what needs to happen

Author / Creator: Andrew Watterson

Media type: News Media

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Four steps for a successful inquiry

No delays

Devolved matters only

What has worked and what hasn’t

Public respons

 


Scotland won’t prosecute personal possession of class A drugs, but outdated laws prevent deeper reforms

Author / Creator: Rick Lines

Media type: News Media

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The drug-related death crisis is not only a Scottish problem but one for politicians across all four nations.  If the government wants to save lives, it must reform our harmful laws, beginning with the Misuse of Drugs Act.


James McCune Smith: new discovery reveals how first African American doctor fought for women’s rights in Glasgow

Author / Creator: Matthew Daniel Eddy

Media type: News Media

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McCune Smith’s activism showed aspiring African Americans that becoming a professional black physician could be more than simply treating patients. For him, being an expert in medical science also included using his training to fight injustice and inequality.


NHS Scotland: how much is being spent?

Author / Creator: Claire Milne

Media type: Fact check

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The planned increase in day-to-day spending on health in Scotland between 2006/07 and 2018/19 has gone up by £4 billion to £13 billion. It doesn’t account for inflation though, once that is added the increase is £2 billion.


Believe in Scotland’s Manifesto for Wellbeing.

Author / Creator: The National

Media type: News Media

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Ask yourself: wouldn’t you like to live in a country with a social/economic/environmental policy framework based on this set of values? Wouldn’t you like to be able to vote to create such a nation?


Ending Lockdown

Author / Creator: Craig Dalzell

Media type: Policy Paper

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This paper models the cost of a comprehensive testing-based strategy to limit the spread of Covid-19 in Scotland and to allow the country to emerge safely from its blanket lockdown.


The Predictable Crisis

Author / Creator: Nick Kempe

Media type: Policy Paper

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Common Weal investigates the impact of Covid-19 in Scottish Care homes and finds that the warnings about the weaknesses in pandemic preparation were repeatedly ignored with the result of causing “The single greatest failure in devolved government since the creation of the Scottish Parliament”


Concern Over Lack Of Testing

Author / Creator: Common Weal

Media type: News Item

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Common Weal’s Local Groups call for an increase in the ambition of its proposed Test, Trace, Isolate and Support plans.


Common Weal's Manifesto for a National Care Service

Author / Creator: Common Weal Care Reform Group

Media type: Policy Paper

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This Manifesto lays out the principles of care that should be met by any proposed blueprint for Care reform and will be followed up in due course with a comprehensive blueprint for an NCS that would meet these principles and align with the values of Common Weal.


Better than This

Author / Creator: Common Weal

Media type: Policy Paper

Date published: 2021

We must emerge from the Covid pandemic in a way that 
Fixes the problems raised by the crisis. 
Fixes the problems evident before the crisis and makes us resilient.
Implements a green new deal.
Establishes a new democracy. 
Begins a national care service.
Starts land reform.
Creates a housing revolution.
Controls our own energy.
Provides better banking
Focus on independence.