THE Scottish Government has been accused of hypocrisy after handing a health board more than £500,000 to send NHS patients to private hospitals just weeks after announcing a clampdown on the practice.
A health board has been ordered to improve a hospital "as a matter of priority" after inspectors found "poor" cleanliness in its intensive care unit.
HEALTH boards have not been following key guidance around a law that gives NHS patients a legal right to prompt hospital treatment, a series of investigations have revealed.
PATIENTS are to be given online access to their own health records by 2020, under new targets.
I NOTE with interest your report on the number of available hospital beds ("Alarm at surge in number of patients blocking NHS beds", The Herald, February 26).