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Finding a Glimmer of Hope

This video by the charity Change Grow Live gives Carl, a former heroin and crack addict, a chance to tell his own story of recovery. It’s worth watching as Scotland reflects again on the enormous human cost drug addiction.

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Digitising Scotland’s NHS is Long Overdue

A blue vaccine envelope arrived at our house a few weeks ago for someone who has not lived here for many years. I started to wonder just how efficient the vaccine appointment system is.

First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon in front of a NHS Scotland Coronavirus sign

A First Minister For Health?

Interviewing Sir Michael Marmot for ScotlandCan last week, I was struck by a comment he made about the priorities governments make. Looking back over the last decade, Sir Michael noted that he “almost didn’t care” about growth in the economy. People were getting sicker and health inequalities were widening. If GDP was going up, “so what?”

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Sir Michael Marmot: Covid has exposed the social factors behind health inequality

If you want to study the devastating impact the Covid pandemic has had on society, Sir Michael Marmot suggests we go back to 2017 and a storm in the Caribbean. Hurricane Maria smashed through Puerto Rico in one of the deadliest storms ever to hit the island. The Hurricane thrust the underlying inequalities in Puerto Rican society into sharp relief.

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GMB: Show You Care

Megan Fisher | GMB Scotland Assistant Organiser, Women’s Campaign Unit. Facebook-f Twitter Before the emergence of COVID-19 and the government

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A Scottish Minimum Care Wage

Facebook-f Twitter Background. Over the last year, Scotland’s army of social care workers have been right on the front line

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