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Featured News

Consultation on GP telephone numbers

Posted: 16-03-2015

In July 2005 the Scottish Government introduced a ban on premium rate numbers when calling the NHS. However, this did not include 084 numbers. The policy was reiterated in 2011 and guidance was issued to NHS Boards stating that no one calling a GP practice should be charged more than the equivalent of calling a geographical number.

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House of Lords Report urges for a new EU Alcohol Strategy

Posted: 06-03-2015

The European Union must act to combat alcohol-related harm, a Lords report urges today. New action by the EU should focus on measures it can take itself rather than relying on Member State action alone. 

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Alcohol can cause cancer - limit your intake

Posted: 06-02-2015

As we celebrate the World Cancer Day (4th February) and the achievements which have
been accomplished in the area of cancer prevention, we need to remember about the less
known causes of cancer such as alcohol consumption.
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Latest News

Continuing Outbreak of Botulism in People Who Inject Drugs

Posted: 15-04-2015

There is a continuing outbreak of botulism amongst people who inject heroin in Scotland. To date there have been 37 cases (13 confirmed, 22 probable, and 2 possible) and three deaths. To date there have been no cases in Grampian. 

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Engaging with the Licensing Process - A blog by John Holleran

Posted: 14-04-2015

The main piece of legislation that controls the sale of alcohol is the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005. The Act balances the rights of the majority who drink responsibly with the need to protect local communities from nuisance and crime associated with alcohol misuse. 

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European Parliament’s Public Health committee calls for better drinks labeling as part of a new Alcohol Strategy to reduce harm

Posted: 01-04-2015

The European Parliament’s committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety supported a resolution calling for a new EU strategy to tackle health harm from alcohol to be put into action for 2016-2022. The Resolution also emphasizes the importance of better labeling of alcoholic drinks including ingredients and nutritional information.

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Fatal Accident Inquiries

Posted: 30-03-2015

The Justice Committee is calling for evidence on the Inquiries into Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths etc. (Scotland) Bill.

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Brewers of Europe acknowledge that consumers have the right to know what is in their drink

Posted: 27-03-2015

European Alcohol Policy Alliance (Eurocare) welcomes the initiative from the Brewers of Europe to provide ingredients and nutritional information for their products. Eurocare has been calling for this since 2008.

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Consultation on the future of womens imprisonment

Posted: 20-03-2015

As part of the Scottish Government and SPS consultation on the future of women's imprisonment, Families Outside have been asked to collate the views of family members.

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Easterhouse to host Parliament Day this March

Posted: 10-03-2015

Easterhouse will host the Scottish Parliament on Monday March 16th at the local Arts centre The Bridge on Westerhouse Road.

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