Health Correspondent

I have been covering health for The Herald for eight years. My remit includes everything from care of the elderly to medical research and the successes and failures of the Scottish NHS. I have a toddler and newborn twins, so I’m also a user of the health service as both parent and patient!

Latest articles from Helen Puttick

Helen Puttick: NHS Scotland - neither as bad as critics or as good as SNP claim

THE airwaves above Scotland crackled with uplifting stories about the NHS last week. Patients described swift treatment and caring staff while relatives talked about well co-ordinated care. Not surprising really, except the chorus of complements followed the publication of an independent assessment of NHS Scotland considered “damning”.