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Humza Yousaf says pandemic has left NHS staff completely knackered

NHS and social care staff are "completely knackered" due to the pressures of dealing with the fall-out from the pandemic, Scotland's health secretary has acknowledged. Humza Yousaf said the after-effects of Covid were being felt most acutely in accident and emergency departments. One junior doctor described the situation as "frankly...
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Humza Yousaf unveils ‘life-changing’ MRI scanner at Beatson Cancer Centre

A “trailblazing” MRI scanner unveiled at Glasgow’s Beatson Centre will provide “life-changing” treatment for cancer patients, Scotland’s Health Secretary has said.Humza Yousaf officially opened the new MRI suite at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre in Glasgow.The £3.6 million scanner will provide higher definition of MR images which will allow doctors to more accurately target certain tumour types than existing CT technology.It will enabmle clinicians to fully exploit the capabilities of the latest generation of radiotherapy machines to sculpt the radiation beam with an unprecedented level of precision around the shape of the tumour.Dr David Dodds, chief of medicine,...
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Natalie McGarry: Humza Yousaf says he gave ex-MP loan

Scottish Health Secretary Humza Yousaf told a jury he loaned ex-MP Natalie McGarry money to stop her being evicted from her home. Mr Yousaf transferred £600 into Ms McGarry's account after she came to his office in a "distressed" state in February 2014. The court heard she had been...
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Face masks: Humza Yousaf says Scotland exiting third wave

Scotland's health secretary has said the time is right to remove the last remaining Covid legal restrictions. On Monday the rule on wearing face masks in many indoor places and on public transport will become guidance - almost three months after the rule was lifted in England. Humza Yousaf said...
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Patient challenges health minister Humza Yousaf on 'belief' in NHS

Patient Elizabeth Gamper challenged Scotland's health secretary Humza Yousaf during his visit to a Scottish hospital. She asked him: "Do you believe in the health service?" Ms Gamper went on to tell him about her hip operations and "years and years of grating, grinding pain". Mr Humza said "of course"...
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Humza Yousaf denies ferries contract was awarded for political purposes

A Scottish government minister has denied claims a £97m contract to build two ferries was awarded for "political purposes". Humza Yousaf, a former transport minister who now holds the health brief, told BBC One Scotland's The Sunday Show that he did not agree with the assessment of Jim McColl, who owned the yard which won the contract.
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Humza Yousaf: Ukrainian refugees to have immediate access to healthcare

Ukrainians fleeing the war in their homeland will be able to access healthcare and some benefits as soon as they arrive in Scotland.Health Secretary Humza Yousaf explained the move was part of efforts to ensure that those fleeing the Russian invasion receive the “warmest welcome possible”.An amendment to current legislation means that refugees from Ukraine will be able to access health care, including maternity care, mental health services and treatment for specific conditions at no charge while in Scotland.The Scottish Government has also stressed this will apply to people from Ukraine who were in Scotland on short term visas when...
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Humza Yousaf: Covid patient numbers in Scotland ‘could rise for a few weeks yet’

As the number of Covid patients in Scotland’s hospitals hit a record high for the fourth consecutive day, the Health Secretary warned the total could keep rising for the next few weeks.Humza Yousaf came under fire from opposition politicians at Holyrood after he told MSPs that modelling showed the rise in patient numbers could continue “over the next couple or few weeks”.The dominance of the highly transmissible Omicron BA2 subvariant is the reason for the rising number of infections and hospital numbers and the “unprecedent pressure” this brings, Mr Yousaf said.The latest figures showed 2,322 people in hospital with recently confirmed Covid-19 on...
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Humza Yousaf: Rising coronavirus cases are ‘concerning’

Scotland’s health secretary, Humza Yousaf, has said rising Covid-19 infections are “concerning” as he urged Scots to not let their guard down against the virus.There were 11,957 newly recorded coronavirus cases within the past 24 hours, Government figures published on Wednesday showed, which is the highest since January 11 when 12,604 were reported.Mr Yousaf said that the “recently rising Covid-19 case numbers are concerning and a reminder that Covid is still with us”.The latest data also showed there were 1,509 people in hospital on Tuesday with recently confirmed Covid-19, up 69 on the previous day, with 19 in intensive care,...
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Scottish Tories call for Humza Yousaf to act on ‘woeful’ A&E waiting times

Ministers are being  urged to tackle the “woeful” waiting times figures for Scotland’s accident and emergency departments, as new figures show almost three out of 10 patients waited longer than the target time in the final week of February.In the week ending February 27, a total of 24,672 patients were seen at A&E – with 70.8% dealt with within four hours.That is up from the 69.8% seen within the target time the previous week – but is well below the Scottish Government target of having 95% of patients either admitted, transferred or discharged within that time.The latest weekly data from...
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Opposition demand action from Humza Yousaf on ‘wholly unacceptable’ A&E waits

A quarter of patients in hospital accident and emergency departments were not treated in the target time, with almost 500 having to wait 12 hours or more to be dealt with, the latest figures show.Data for the week ending February 6 showed 74.4% of patients in A&E were admitted to hospital, transferred or discharged within four hours – down from 75.6% of patients the previous week and well below the Scottish Government target of 95%.Staff in A&E units dealt with 23,429 cases over the seven days – with 1,346 patients there for eight hours or more.Meanwhile, a total of 498 patients spent...
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