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Wednesday, 07 September 2005 11:16
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FIZZY DRINKS OFF THE MENU IN SCHOOLS
Scotland’s first minister Jack McConnell yesterday announced plans by Scottish ministers to ban the promotion of fizzy drinks in school vending machines and implement legal standards to regulate the salt, fat and sugar content of school meals.

The Executive has already spent £60m promoting the “Hungry for Success” programme in the country’s schools, which gives guidelines to education authorities on the content of schools meals.

However, speaking at the launch of his legislative programme for the coming 20 months, Mr McConnell said he wanted the Nutrition in Schools (Scotland) Bill to enshrine the standards in statute.

Many schools have already volunteered to replace fizzy drinks vending machines with water dispensers.


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Tuesday, 16 August 2005 12:51
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£65MILLION TO IMPROVE HEALTH CENTRES ACROSS SCOTLAND
First Minister Jack McConnell announced that an investment of £65million is to provide modern facilities for patients and staffs in the Scottish NHS.

Jack McConnell announced the investment as he officially opened the impressive new Bonnyrigg Health Centre in Midlothian, Scotland, He said:

"I welcome this fantastic new health centre in Bonnyrigg.

"Health Centres, pharmacies and dental surgeries are the first port of call for most Scots using their NHS. They demand and deserve excellent facilities which match their needs, so we will continue to invest in new local centres.

"But record breaking investment in the NHS must be coupled with modernisation and reform.

"We need more treatment and diagnosis at local health centres close to people's homes. This reduces costly, time consuming visits to hospital - but it delivers better, faster treatment too.

"The NHS in Scotland needs to adapt to the changing needs of this country. We need to deliver flexible services in the community - where they are most needed.

"This investment will be crucial to achieving our goal."

The £7.5 million Bonnyrigg building was funded by developers British Health Enterprise, who now own it and rent it to the NHS.

The firm will also be responsible for maintaining the building.
   


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Monday, 25 July 2005 11:43
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MIDNIGHT SMOKING BAN TO CHANGE
The implementation of the smoking ban in Scotland may have to be moved to avoid drunken confrontations in pubs and nightclubs, The Herald has reported.

First Minister Jack McConnell previously said the law would come into force on March 26 next year, with normal practice dictating that the change would occur at midnight March 25.

However, with March 25 next year a Saturday, Licensed premises are calling for the ban to be moved to a weekday to avoid disruption and confrontation with patrons who may have lit up legally at 11.59 pm only to be breaking the law at 12.01am.

The Scottish Executive’s health department has admitted that the midnight change could be “provocative and impracticable” and last week wrote to the National Smoke Free Areas Implementation Group – in charge of making the ban work - for advice on “a matter of some urgency”.

Three alternative times of March 26 at 2am, 6am or 11.59 pm are now being discussed, although a change will come as a blow to the First Minister who had hoped to introduce the ban on the first day of summer to coincide with “the first day of a new future for our country – a healthier future”.


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Friday, 01 July 2005 10:53
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“HISTORIC” SMOKING BAN FOR SCOTLAND
The Scottish Parliament yesterday voted overwhelmingly in favour of a ban on smoking in public places.

From March 26 next year it will be illegal smoke in any enclosed place open to the public, including pubs, clubs and restraints.

Jack McConnell, the First Minister, declared it a “historic day for Scotland” as MSPs favoured the ban by 97 votes to 17 with one abstention.

“This legislation is one of the most important decisions that has been made sinbce devolution,” he said.

“It is a decision that shows we are determined to change Scotland for the better.

“March 26, 2006 will not just be the first day of summer, it will be the first day of a new future for our country – a healthier future, a future where Scotland lives longer, where families are less likely to be touched by tragedy, and our young people are fitter and better prepared to make the most of their ambitions.”


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Tuesday, 26 April 2005 12:18
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SCOTLAND’S NHS TO FOLLOW ENGLISH EXAMPLE
Scotland’s health service is to adopt English style reform in a bid to tackle waiting lists, it was revealed today.

Tony Blair has repeatedly cited the failures of the Scottish NHS in highlighting the success of reform in England.

First Minister Jack McConnell will impose an internal market system on the Scottish NHS, using national tariffs for each operation in a bid to eliminate the stark difference in charging by hospitals carrying out the same procedure.

It is believed the reforms will be phased in slowly but could be underway as early as spring next year in a move likely to be met with strong opposition in the Scottish Parliament.

Under the new scheme, hospitals will adhere strictly to the tariff set for each procedure in order to make clear the real cost of NHS treatment.

The costs will be made public, revealing inefficient and overcharging hospitals, and allowing private clinics to provide services if they can better the NHS tariff.

Scotland’s Health Minister Andy Kerr said the move would allow comparisons of cost and performance both between hospitals and with private healthcare providers.

The system will put more pressure on Scotland’s hospitals to reduce waiting lists or face having their patients transferred to a private clinic that meets NHS financial and quality standards.


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Friday, 15 April 2005 12:57
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SCOTS TO WAIT TWICE AS LONG ON NHS
NHS waiting times can be twice as long in Scotland as in England, according to Labour’s own election manifesto.

The Scottish Labour Party pledged yesterday that by 2008 waiting times after referral to a consultant would be no more than 18 weeks. There would then be another wait of up to 18 weeks for in-patient treatment, a potential wait of 36 weeks in total.

However, in England, Labour has promised that: “By the end of 2008, no NHS patient will have to wait longer than a maximum of 18 weeks from the time they are referred for a hospital operation by their GP until the time they have that operation. This would mean an average wait of nine to ten weeks.”

English pledges of innovations, such as specialised diagnostic and testing services and walk-in centres for commuters, were also absent in the Scottish manifesto.

Jack McConnell defended Scottish Labour’s record saying waits of six, nine, or 12 months were fewer in Scotland than in the rest of the UK.

But Nicola Sturgeon, SNP leader at Holyrood, suggested Mr McConnell’s colleagues were ashamed of his record on waiting times while Scottish Tory leader, David McLetchie, claimed that waiting times were “Scotland’s international disgrace”.

Waiting times for both in and out-patients have risen in Scotland since 1997.


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Sunday, 13 March 2005 10:23
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FIX THE SCOTTISH NHS
SNP Holyrood leader Nicola Sturgeon challenged Scotland’s First Minister Jack McConnell on the state of the NHS in Scotland; she challenged Mr McConnell to make improving the NHS in Scotland his personal pledge.

“Put your job on the line,” she said. “Tell Scottish patients that if you fail to deliver again, if you are not up to the job, then you’ll hand over to someone who is up to the job of sorting out Scotland’s NHS.

“Make that pledge, and make it personal”.

She told the Scottish Nationalists’ pre-election conference in Dundee that McConnell should “hang his head in shame” because Scotland’s health service was getting worse under the Labour-led coalition government.

She insisted that he take personal responsibility for enforcing the Executive’s promise that by the end of the year no patient would wait more than six months to see a consultant.

“If that promise is broken, as many before have been broken, if patients are let down again, sacking another health minister won’t be good enough,” she told party activists. “I issue this challenge to Jack McConnell: make it a personal pledge, put your job on the line.

“Tell Scottish patients that if you fail to deliver, again, if you are not up to the job, then you’ll hand over to someone who is up to the job of sorting out Scotland’s National Health Service”.


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Friday, 11 March 2005 11:55
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RISE IN PATIENT WAITING TIMES
Jack McConnell was left struggling for an answer yesterday after the Scottish National Party deputy leader Nicola Sturgeon, produced unpublished official figures on waiting times.

The figures showed that the number of people in Scotland waiting more than a year to see a hospital consultant soared from 885 six years ago to 7,679 by the end of last year.

The damning statistics, which had been kept under wraps by the Scottish Executive, yesterday forced First Minister Jack McConnell into a humbling admission that his handling of NHS waiting times had been "very poor indeed".

Brandishing the figures, Ms Sturgeon demanded to know why Mr McConnell had told MSPs last week there had been a "reduction in outpatient waiting times and a significant reduction in those waiting longest".

She added: "There are eight times as many outpatients waiting more than a year to see a consultant now than when this government took office. The number has almost trebled since he became First Minister, and it’s still going up."

Mr McConnell at first tried to defend the Labour-Liberal Democrat administration’s record, but was eventually forced to concede that delays for outpatients had been "very poor indeed" and had required attention.

But he insisted that now the Executive had made outpatient waiting times a priority, patients would see a rapid fall in the numbers waiting.

Mr McConnell told MSPs: "One of the reasons that waiting times for outpatients were coming down in England but not in Scotland was the decision to concentrate on inpatients in Scotland at a very early stage”.

He said the Executive’s Centre for Change and Innovation in the NHS had now made tackling long outpatient waits a priority.

And he added: "That is why, because of that attention, we saw in figures published in February a dramatic reduction in outpatient waiting times in Scotland for the first time in several years.

"That is to be welcomed, not condemned, Miss Sturgeon. It’s a figure that across Scotland will come down further”.


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