NHS Scotland staff shortages leads to £26m overtime payments

More than £26 million was paid in overtime to nurses and midwives across Scotland last year, as staff shortages forced thousands of workers to put in extra hours.

An East Lothian schoolgirl's award-winning accessible toilet sign has gone on display on the door of Fort Kinnaird's disabled toilet and bathroom facilities in a bid to make them more welcoming for people with hidden disabilities or long-term illnesses.

Schoolgirl inspires Fort Kinnaird to upgrade toilet facilities for ‘hidden’ disabled

ONE of the area’s busiest shopping centres has moved to upgrade its disabled facilities – thanks to an idea by a 12-year-old schoolgirl from East Lothian.

The inhalers. Picture: MHRA

Thousands of asthma inhalers recalled in safety scare

About 6,000 inhalers used by asthma patients have been recalled by health officials.

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Kim with her dad, David, who has MND

Kim to abseil down Forth Road Bridge to raise MND Scotland funds

SHE IS so scared of heights that she avoids flying – even for a holiday.

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St John's Hospital in Livingston

Cross-party plea for St John’s children’s ward reopening

MSPs from across the political spectrum have joined forces to call for the speedy restoration of 24/7 children’s services at St John’s Hospital in Livingston.

A blue ribbon is used as a symbol to promote awareness of prostate cancer (Picture: Getty)

Steve Cardownie: I’m waiting for cancer test results

After a blood test found a possible marker of prostate cancer, Steve Cardownie is to have a sample taken from his prostate to determine whether he has the disease. Here he writes about the potentially life-saving test that can catch the cancer early.

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Care at home is seen as the ideal situation for many.

Care in crisis: Edinburgh’s social care leader outlines how extra £4 million will be invested

AN army of interns could be recruited to help tackle the Capital’s care crisis, the city’s health chief has revealed.

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Mervyn Miller (age 70)'. Edinburgh charity Birthlink help people affected by adoption.

Edinburgh pensioner mourns loss of funding for Birthlink charity

Without Edinburgh-based charity Birthlink, Mervyn Miller’s experience of searching for his birth mother might have been very different.

Liz Leckie is planning to take her motorbike around Europe. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Liz Leckie: You can’t crush my spirit, Cancer

Dear Cancer, I would like to start off by making it clear I wish you had never entered my life. Yes, I gambled with unhealthy life choices, but surely I deserved a break, after all, I was a 42-year-old single parent to a 15-year-old son. I was prone to depression from a young age, but had battled my demons and was getting on with my life. Then you came along and changed me forever.

Medical marijuana on display at a dispensary in Los Angeles, California. Picture: Getty

Calls for British boy to be given medical cannabis licence

MPs have called on the Home Secretary to issue a medical cannabis licence to a six-year-old boy whose rare form of epilepsy improves after taking the drug.

Among the other controversial proposals are introducing portion limits on the size of takeaway, pub and restaurant meals. Picture: PA

Plans to curb junk food and takeaway portion size in Scotland

The Scottish Govern­ment’s diet and obesity strategy “A Healthier Future” published last year has several eye-catching recommendations.

NHS staff across Edinburgh and the Lothians face the worst wait in Scotland to get a parking ticket, Photo by Jayne Wright

Lothian NHS staff worst hit over parking permit queue

IT’S enough to ruin a day before it gets into gear.

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Plans to move maintenance helpdesk jobs from Little France to Lanarkshire have been attacked

Concern over move to ‘centralise’ Edinburgh Royal Infirmary fixers

THE private company who manage the maintenance and repairs at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh plan to move the operation through to Lanarkshire with a potential loss of jobs.

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Family’s video of teen’s struggle with cerebral palsy goes viral

A FAMILY have released distressing video showing how their disabled son has been forced to scramble up and down the stairs at his home for nine years.

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Lewis Stevenson hands the �40,000 cheque to Gordon Paul, father of teenage Hibs starlet David, whose death was marked by the team

Hibs star donates £40k to charity in memory of starlet David Paul

IT is supposed to be the cushion and reward for club endeavours, a thank you from the club and fans to their stalwarts.

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Liz Leckie and son Cammy. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Terminally ill mum praises yoga centre after break-in

A TERMINALLY ill mum has credited a crime-hit yoga studio with helping her come to terms with her condition.

NHS celebrates its 70th birthday

Celebrating 70 years of the National Health Service

This is a special year for the NHS.

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Danielle Marr with two-year-old daughter, Zara. Picture: Neil Hanna

‘Lifesaving’ ultrasound spotted mum’s cancer while she was pregnant

A mum who survived bladder cancer while six months pregnant has told how the “little cherub” growing inside her proved to be a lifesaver.

The health board has more than 500 nursing and midwifery vacancies as opposed to 178 at the same time last year

NHS Lothian sees staff vacancies rise by 200% in a year

The number of nurses and midwives leaving one of Scotland’s largest health boards has risen by 68 per cent over the last five years.

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A ''homeless person sits on the Royal Mile. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

MSPs recommend permanent homes for Edinburgh’s homeless

A BOLD new approach to homelessness was recommended by MSPs today after they took evidence about the depth of the problem in the Capital.

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