HEALTH officials have been accused of breaching promises to improve hygiene on hospital wards after it was revealed that only one NHS worker has been disciplined in the past three years for failing to wash their hands.
X Factor winner Sam Bailey has won the battle for this year's Christmas No 1.
MOVIE classic It's A Wonderful Life has been voted the best Christmas film of all time.
A SCOTS police officer who twice defeated cancer has compiled an alternative "bucket list" in the hope it will inspire others to beat the disease.
TOP stars of British sport have paid tribute to broadcaster David Coleman, who died on Saturday aged 87.
PROJECTS to tackle homelessness and housing issues have been given a £2.1 million funding boost.
Nearly four years after his son's body was found on a country road in the middle of winter, a father has made a plea for anyone with information to come forward.
A MAN is seeking legal advice after his partner died of a blood clot on her bowel - after she was sent home from hospital twice in the same weekend.
more than 11 million people watched Abbey Clancy as she was crowned the champion of this year's Strictly Come Dancing.
There is still some debate about a medieval Highland castle's past, but its ruins, which contain an archaeological mystery, now seem to have an assured future.
TRIBUTES have been paid to a Spitfire pilot who fought in the Battle of Britain after he died aged 94.
THE body of a British doctor who died in custody in Syria has been flown back to the UK and will undergo a post-mortem examination.
POLICE are raiding a cannabis farm a day in Scotland, with numbers of seizures rising rapidly under the new national force.
Police are to review TV cook Nigella Lawson's admission that she took cocaine.
British society must not revert to the times of Charles Dickens and leave the nation's poorest families in desperate need of food and clothes, a leading charity has warned.
THE number of birds of prey that die on estates in one part of Scotland could be 10 times more than official figures show, it is claimed.
AN increasing proportion of police requests for football banning orders to be imposed on violent and abusive fans are being granted in Scottish courts.
The parents of Scottish drug mule Melissa Reid have hit out at the sentence she received in Peru for smuggling cocaine.
THE ambulance service has called for people to use it sensibly after someone dialled 999 for an ambulance because they were locked out of their house.
ARTIST Rachael Bibby admires sculptor Jack Pender's The Sun Worshippers, which is among the works on display at The Royal Scottish Academy's annual Open Exhibition on The Mound, Edinburgh.
ONLY at close quarters can you begin to understand the people whose lives were devastated, blighted more to the point, by the horrors of Lockerbie.
Three people have been detained by police following reports of an armed man in an Ayrshire town.
Scottish youth football was dealt a double blow today following the deaths of two teenage players.
Comedians have taken part in a football match to raise funds to help bereaved relatives and survivors of the pub helicopter crash which claimed 10 lives.
Police are investigating after a man's body was found by a beach.
A town was hit by flash flooding as heavy rain and snow caused disruption in parts of Scotland.
A police officer who twice defeated cancer has compiled an alternative "bucket list" in the hope it will inspire others to beat the disease.
Around 30 firefighters tackled a blaze at a restaurant in Scotland's capital.
A former Cabinet minister in Margaret Thatcher's government is being investigated in connection with historic child sex offences and is facing arrest in the near future, the Sunday Herald has learned.