Early cancer detection rates declining

Statistics published today show that early cancer detection rates have decreased, falling even further behind the Scottish Government target.

B7015 repaired after councillor highlighted issue.

In May, Councillor Damian Timson, Councillor for East Livingston and East Calder, had visited the B7015 between East Calder and the A71 to highlight its poor condition. The road had required immediate attention as it had been full of potholes and in general need of repair.

Someone injured every hour in Scotland’s mental health wards

A person sustains an injury at a mental health unit in Scotland every hour, new figures obtained by the Scottish Conservatives have revealed.

According to the research, nearly 24 incidents a day are recorded in facilities right across the country.

It means, in 2017/18, there were 8519 incidents resulting in injury among staff, patients and even some visitors.

That compares to 9101 the previous year, and 8721 in 2015/16, bringing the three-year total to 26,341.

2500 Scottish addresses too unsafe for ambulance staff to enter

Ambulance crews are prevented from entering more than 2500 addresses in Scotland amid fears for their safety, new figures have shown.

The Scottish Ambulance Service has marked 2557 homes as “red flagged” – where paramedics can only go in to respond to a 999 call with the presence of a police officer.

The statistics, which show a current snapshot in time rather than any historic trends, were obtained by the Scottish Conservatives through Freedom of Information.

The party’s public health spokeswoman Annie Wells said the numbers exposed the challenges hardworking ambulance staff have to put up with on a daily basis.