A report from Food Poverty Action Aberdeen on food poverty and food insecurity in Aberdeen. The report details the extent of food poverty/insecurity through the use of food banks and identifies welfare reform as a major cause of food poverty/insecurity in the city.
Food Standards Scotland (FSS) have advised that the fortification of flour with folic acid would be beneficial in reducing neural tube defect affected pregnancies but that fortification on a Scotland-only basis would not be straightforward and would incur additional cost burden.
The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) Scotland have released a report on the paediatric workforce in Scotland. The report focuses on data from the RCPCH Workforce Census 2015 in Scotland and highlights recruitment as leading factor in the workforce pressures within the sector.
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Scotland (2017) ‘State of child health. Short report series: the paediatric workforce focus on Scotland‘, London: RCPCH.
The Scottish Government have produced as easy read guide to the Social Security (Scotland) Bill 2016. The guide outlines the 11 benefits that the Scottish Government will administer and what will be contained in the Bill. The Bill is expected to become law in May 2018.
The Sharing Intelligence for Health and Care Group is a forum that brings together six national organisations in Scotland: Audit Scotland, Care Inspectorate, Healthcare Improvement Scotland, Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland, NHS Education for Scotland, and Public Health & Intelligence. The group have produced their second annual summary report summarising activity to date and plans for the future. The report has brief sections on health and social care integration, workforce challenges and financial pressures in the NHS.
The Scottish Government are promoting the international medical training fellowships scheme. The scheme has been in operation since 2015 and aims to encourage doctors from overseas to train and work in NHS Scotland. The Health Secretary has recently written to health boards encouraging them to take part in the fellowship scheme.
Alongside their regular reports on delayed discharges and Emergency Department waiting times the Information Services Division (ISD) of NHS Scotland have issued reports on arthroplasty operations in 2015/16, Scottish bowel screening statistics and an audit of critical care services in Scotland in 2016.