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Concern over serious car accidents caused by excessive speed means that Police Scotland is set to get tough with drivers who are caught driving above the speed limit, even in cases where drivers have only fractionally exceeded the legal limit.Following a concerted period of lobbying, Police Scotland now has the right to hand out formal warnings to motorists who are caught exceeding the speed limit by only a few miles per hour.
Good news in the ever-fluctuating world of Scottish accident and emergency statistics: the latest set of weekly figures show improvement but… predictably, they are still some way short of meeting official government targets.Holyrood has set a short-term goal of 95% of Scottish accident and emergency patients being seen within four hours. In the long-term the goal is to see 98% treated in this timeframe.
A Cochrane review has found the surgical mesh implants which have so far been responsible for controversy and compensation claims to be "relatively safe".However, the review is likely to be of little comfort to the many women who have suffered complications and injury as a result of the vaginal mesh implants, nor is it at this stage likely to have an impact on any of the outstanding compensation claims relating to mesh implants.
A leaked report has detailed how a group of surgeons in Scotland who cared for 3,000 patients in 2014 have developed a "destructive, toxic culture" beset by "forceful and aggressive behaviour" that has the potential to be a "recipe for serious patient safety issues" and multiple medical negligence claims.
Scottish Water has begun a social media campaign designed to help inform members of the public of the dangers of death and personal injury when moving in and around open water - including reservoirs, rivers, spillways, underwater pipework and lochs.The #ReservoirSafety campaign is aimed to coincide with the height of summer and comes at a time when figures have been released detailing how last year 338 people in the UK were killed in drowning incidents.
Farmers have been warned of the dangers of power line farming accidents in the wake of a number of incidents across Scotland.For example, earlier this month a 27-year-old agriculture worker was killed as a result of being electrocuted while opening a door to exit the tipper truck he had driven into a 11,000-volt cable in West Lothian.
Newly-released figures from Transport Scotland reveal that two hundred people lost their lives to road accidents in Scotland last year.The number of fatalities, which rose from 172 in 2013, means that no comfort can be taken from the fact that the total number of RTA personal injuries fell by two percent, particularly as the number of road accident serious personal injuries also rose, up one percent to 1,694.
The Royal College of Nursing has predicted that the NHS needs to ensure more senior nurses in Scotland, and to give them more rewarding salaries, or else risk lower quality care and an increase in cases of clinical negligence.The call comes at a time when the NHS in Scotland is positioning itself to try to meet the particular challenges of providing seven-day NHS care, a situation which has, more than ever, made plain the need for more specialist nurses, more senior charge nurses and more advanced nurse practitioners.