Safety watchdogs have ordered Scotland's largest health board to remove polythene bin bags from all of its mental health wards and facilities after two patients took their own lives.
NHS managers are being questioned about the working hours of junior doctors by the new director general for health in Scotland to ensure staff and patients are not being put at risk.
It would be an unusual business that chose to meet its staffing needs by hiring a string of expensive agency temps when it might solve the problem more cheaply by hiring permanent staff, yet the NHS appears to be falling into that trap.
HEALTH boards spent almost £60 million hiring temporary doctors and nurses to plug gaps in staffing in 12 months, up more than one-quarter on the previous year.
NHS Scotland spent more than £1.5 million on zimmer frames and crutches last year because injured people are failing to return them.