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First Steps Towards a National Care Service

‘Real life experts’ to help focus on what really matters to people receiving social care. Health Secretary Humza Yousaf and Minister for Social Care Kevin Stewart have welcomed the first meeting of a Social Covenant Steering Group, set up to help guide the development of

Graeme’s Monthly Column

A Call for Kindness & Respect As an MSP and Scottish Government minister I find some of the very best and, sadly, worst of societal behaviours brought to me. The former, as you might imagine, can be a thoroughly uplifting experience – providing welcome reminders

Health Secretary Visits Arbroath Vaccine Drop-In Clinic

First Dose Phase of Vaccination Programme Nears Completion Health Secretary Humza Yousaf has visited a drop-in vaccination clinic in Arbroath, as the national programme nears completion of first doses for all adults who attended their scheduled appointments on Sunday. The clinic in Arbroath is one

£12m to Health Boards for Emergency Care

Supporting the NHS The Scottish Government has released £12 million in additional funding to health boards across Scotland to support non-COVID emergency care. This immediate action will help put measures in place to reduce waiting times for urgent or emergency treatment, with a focus on

Financial Support for Bus Services

Further £35.4 million to maintain bus services The Scottish Government has approved additional expenditure of up to £35.4 million to enable bus operators to maintain services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The new funding extends the support of up to £61.4 million that the Scottish Government

Scotland’s Recovery

First Minister Sets Out Priorities for Government Scotland’s recovery from the pandemic will be driven by an ambitious programme to build a modern, high-tech economy while staying true to enduring values of fairness and compassion, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said. Outlining her priorities for

Changing politics in Scotland

Talks on Co-operation Agreement Announced Graeme has described the Scottish Government’s announcement of structured talks with the Scottish Green Party, with a view to reaching a formal Co-operation Agreement, as “grown-up politics in action”. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said the move is part of

Leading Scotland Out of the Pandemic

First 100 Days: Re-Opening, Preparing These are serious times which require serious government and experienced leadership. The first task of the next Scottish Government will be to keep the virus under control and get Scotland back to as much normality as possible, as quickly as

Pay Rise for NHS Scotland Staff

Uplift for Agenda for Change health workers After positive discussions over recent weeks with NHS Trade Unions and NHS Employers, the Scottish Government has offered a substantial pay rise for NHS Scotland Agenda for Change staff. If accepted by staff, this deal will be most

Free Hospital Car Parking

Jeane Freeman welcomes extension of free hospital car parking Health Secretary Jeane Freeman has confirmed that private finance initiative (PFI) car parking charges at NHS Tayside, NHS Lothian, and NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde will remain suspended until further notice. On 30 March 2020, in