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22/5/2022
Further Action Taken To Improve Supply Of HRT
Action taken as suppliers increase stocks of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) products.   Head of the HRT Supply Taskforce and industry identify immediate actions to improve short term supply and ensure ongoing stability.  
21/5/2022
Rail Problems May Get Worse As RMT Will Launch Strike Ballot On Scotrail Over Pay
Railway workers in Scotland will be balloted for strike action, following ScotRail's derisory pay offer of 2.2%.   RPI inflation is running at 11.1%, and transport workers have already been subject to repeated pay freezes and real terms cuts in living standards.  
21/5/2022
Uk Covid Alert Level - The Uk Covid Alert Level Has Moved From Level 4 To Level 3
"Based on advice from UK Health Safety Agency, we the UK Chief Medical Officers and NHS England Medical Director have recommended to ministers that COVID Alert Level should move from level 4 to level 3.   “The current BA.2 driven Omicron wave is subsiding.  
21/5/2022
State Of The Economy in Scotland
State of the Economy Office of the Chief Economic Adviser Gary Gillespie Chief Economist 20 May 2022.   This edition of the State of the Economy presents new analysis on how the economy has been impacted by the three recent economic shocks: Covid, EU Exit and the war in Ukraine.  
21/5/2022
Increase In Hepatitis (liver Inflammation) Cases In Children Under Investigation
Regular UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) updates on the ongoing investigation into higher than usual rates of liver inflammation (hepatitis) in children across the UK.   Latest Update 20 May 2022.  
21/5/2022
American Foulbrood Found In Perthshire Bee Hive
Beekepers within 3km of affected hive encouraged to increase biosecurity.   An outbreak of American Foulbrood (AFB) has been found in a single hive near Blairgowrie.  
21/5/2022
Calling For A Strengthening Of Global Resilience To Food InsecurityThumbnail for article : Calling For A Strengthening Of Global Resilience To Food Insecurity
Statement by Ambassador Barbara Woodward at the UN Security Council Open Debate on conflict and food insecurity.   Thank you, President, and I join others in thanking you for convening the debate today.  
20/5/2022
Minor Injuries Unit at Dunbar Hospital to reopen
Thurso's Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) will reopen next month after a period of closure due to staff supporting the COVID Assessment Centre in Wick, and some staffing shortages.   The unit, which is based at Dunbar Hospital, will reopen on 06 June between the hours of 08:00 - 17:00 allowing unscheduled care, via NHS24 or pre-arranged elsewhere, to take place during these hours.  
20/5/2022
NHS Highland Asks - Could you cut the car miles?
Next time you're parking at Raigmore, you might notice that the car park looks a little different as we ask drivers to think about ‘cutting the car miles'.   We have installed signs asking drivers to switch from their car to walking, cycling, lift-sharing or using public transport, as part of measures to reduce pressure on parking.  
20/5/2022
Covid-19 Infections Continue To Fall Across The UK
The percentage of people testing positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) continued to fall in every UK country in the week ending 13 May 2022.   In England, the percentage of people testing positive decreased in all age groups and regions, apart from the South East and South West, where the trend was uncertain in the latest week.  
20/5/2022
Business Insights And Impact On The Uk Economy
The impact of challenges facing the economy and other events on UK businesses.  Based on responses from the voluntary fortnightly business survey (BICS) to deliver real-time information to help assess issues affecting UK businesses and economy, including financial performance, workforce, trade, and business resilience.  
20/5/2022
RAC Warns Of Higher Petrol And Diesel Prices In The Next Few DaysThumbnail for article : RAC Warns Of Higher Petrol And Diesel Prices In The Next Few Days
Records broken again as prices petrol and diesel prices skyrocket.   The average pump prices of petrol and diesel in the UK have both hit record highs for the second time in the space of a week.  
20/5/2022
Minor Injuries Unit at Dunbar Hospital to reopen
Thurso's Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) will reopen next month after a period of closure due to staff supporting the COVID Assessment Centre in Wick, and some staffing shortages.   The unit, which is based at Dunbar Hospital, will reopen on 06 June between the hours of 08:00 - 17:00 allowing unscheduled care, via NHS24 or pre-arranged elsewhere, to take place during these hours.  
20/5/2022
The Food Crisis Has No Respect For Borders
A podcast on the Food Crisis.   This week António Guterres, secretary-general of the UN, warned that the war in Ukraine would tip tens of millions into food insecurity.  
19/5/2022
Completely Inadequate Pay Offer Rejected - EIS Calls For Rapid & Vastly Improved Settlement
The EIS yesterday rejected a pay offer of 2% for Scotland's teachers and called for the Employers' Side to come back quickly with a significantly improved offer.   The offer of 2% for all teachers was tabled by local authority group COSLA and was unanimously rejected by the Teachers' Side at a meeting of SNCT Extended Joint Chairs.  
19/5/2022
Scotrail To Introduce Temporary Timetable From Monday 23 May - 700 Trains Cancelled Daily
From Monday, 23 May, ScotRail will introduce a temporary timetable to provide greater certainty and reliability for customers.   This is a result of the ongoing impact of a significant number of drivers declining to make themselves available for overtime or rest day working, following an announcement by the drivers' union ASLEF that it will ballot for industrial action over pay.  
19/5/2022
School Uniform: Have Your Say
Pupils, parents and carers are being asked to give their views on school uniform to help shape new national guidance.   A key aim of the guidance will be to reduce costs for families, while ensuring pupils can go to school feeling comfortable and ready to learn.  
19/5/2022
Scottish Benefits Roll-out Successful But Challenges RemainThumbnail for article : Scottish Benefits Roll-out Successful But Challenges Remain
Audit Scotland's report on Scottish Benefits is published today 19th May 2022.   The roll out of new devolved social security benefits is going well but there is still a lot to be delivered.  
19/5/2022
BUDWEISER WORKERS ANNOUNCE STRIKE DATES IN PAY DISPUTE
Anyone fancying a pint Budweiser, Stella Artois, Becks, Boddingtons or Export Pale Ale strike could go thirsty this summer.  says GMB Union Budweiser workers have announced a series of summer strikes following a pay dispute.