Symbolically, by comparison to Westminster’s slap in the face, this pay offer appears as a victory for decency. But we’ve got to start holding our government to higher standards than “one notch better than Westminster”.
“The Tories will no doubt use the victory of state planned and universal healthcare to venerate Britishness. We can instead insist on the value of collective security and care in a destabilising world.”
Analysis: EU vaccine chaos shows planning is the future
“Lots of you think that ‘tampons on the NHS’ is the direction we’re going. I think it’s going to look more like ‘buy your own insulin’.”
Robin McAlpine: I fear Covid will be used to change Scotland’s NHS for the worse
NHS workers across the country have been out protesting their exclusion from a recently announced pay rise for public sector workers.
NHS Workers Protest for Equal Pay Rise
“The advantages of one National Care Service aligned with the NHS would be considerable… Instead of providers competing with the NHS for scarce staff, resources could be planned and deployed where most needed.”
Nick Kempe: It’s time for debate on a National Care Service for Scotland
A panic about contact tracing in Minnesota, United States, spread after Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington said that they were “contact tracing” protestors there. “As we’ve begun making arrests, we have begun analysing the data of who we have arrested and begun actually doing what we think is almost pretty similar to our Covid [strategy]. […]
Why outsourcing and secrecy is the route to contact tracing and testing failure
Nicola Sturgeon announced on Thursday that they are starting planning for an end to lockdown, but think tanks and the third sector are way ahead of them.
Scotland Plans the End of Lockdown: What Comes Next?
“Hundreds of thousands of people throughout Scotland rely on home care, for various needs and conditions, not just dementia. My mum is just one. If carers aren’t being fully looked after by the government at a time like this, who is?”