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Urgent Care in Scotland

  • Alan Hunter
  • 20 September 2018
  • Posted in: Health & Social Care

In Scotland we recognise that planning for urgent care, while it needs dedicated focus and expertise, cannot take place in isolation from planning for both elective and longer term care needs.  This is why we created the Unscheduled Care 6 Essential Actions (6EA) Programme three and a half years ago.  A key component of the 6EA Programme is effective and integrated elective and emergency demand and capacity planning.  Since its introduction, performance stabilised and improved against similar he…

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Smart Cities should not come at the price of our privacy and individual choice

  • Julie Snell
  • 05 September 2018
  • Posted in: Science & Technology, Planning & Development

Over the last few years, we have seen significant research, development and trials in the Smart City arena with some reaching live implementation. Apart from a relatively small number of exceptions, we are still to achieve significant scale and roll out of solutions that are really changing citizens lives at the grass roots level.

We have learnt so much about how technology can help us make a step change in the way we provide city services, protect and improve people’s lives, but we continue to…

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A&E: The canary in a changing world

  • Dr Chris Moulton
  • 04 September 2018
  • Posted in: Health & Social Care

In biology, the state of certain creatures - indicator species - is known to reveal the condition of their environment. They are usually among the most sensitive living things in a region and as such, often provide an early warning to ecologists. A&E interacts with much of our current society and is affected by almost all socio-economic changes. The fact that last winter’s performance figures for A&E were the worst ever recorded is common knowledge and throughout the spring and summer, A…

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