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Anti-choice protests to be mitigated by Holyrood

2023 will likely be the year Green MSP Gillian Mackay’s “Buffer Zones” Bill comes into effect in Scotland. The law would establish a 150m radius “safe access zone” around Scottish abortion clinics, protecting a legal right extant since 1967. The impetus for this law lies in a US-based “charity” — 40 Days for Life — […]

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‘Please don’t bleed, because there’s nobody out there to help me’: stories of students training in the NHS 

Unqualified students are being left to pick up the slack on NHS wards amid a dangerous staffing crisis. Nursing and midwifery students say their training has been inadequate, and one says she has to go to food banks to make ends meet.  Nina* is a third year midwifery student. Most of her placements have been […]

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Is Bonfire Night more trouble than its worth?

Bonfire Night has been a major event ever since Guy Fawkes attempted to blow up Parliament.  However, there has been a shift away from the nice celebrations, with small sparklers and fireworks to a night that causes chaos and issues across the UK. This year’s firework celebrations saw major disruptions within Edinburgh. Specialist officers had […]

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Review: This is Going to Hurt

Ben Whishaw during an interview for “Mary Poppins Returns”

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Scots suffering from eating disorders need more support

TW: eating disorders According to Dr Stephen Anderson, Chairman of the Eating Disorders Faculty of Psychiatrists in Scotland, “eating disorders are the deadliest and most lethal of mental health conditions.” Current services for treatment and support in Scotland are unequal across the country and are underfunded.  Maddy Wallace, a student reading Medicine at The University […]

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The pill: past and present

2021 marks 60 years since the pill was first made available to women in the UK. It is fair to say that the pill has changed our society and women’s place in it, affording us the ability to choose when to start a family, to have control over painful periods, to pursue further education or […]

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New NHS data shows drastic rise in mental health crises amongst teenage girls

Before Covid-19, mental health issues for teenagers were rapidly on the increase, adding to already harrowing growing pains.  The pandemic has seen the mental states of youth fall drastically as the usual pressures of teenage life now have an added element of social isolation.  NHS England data show that teenage girls’ hospital admissions for self-harm […]

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Vaccine rollout continues across Scotland

The Scottish government looks set to deliver on its promise to vaccinate all vulnerable people by 5 February, the Health Secretary has announced. Speaking on Friday morning, Jeane Freeman stated that she was confident that the government’s initial target would be met by the end of the day, with all care home residents, frontline health […]