Boutique hostels firm in hunt for Edinburgh site

A South American hospitality firm is targeting Edinburgh as part of a major expansion into the UK on the back of securing £70 million in funding. Selina, which operates “boutique” hostels which combine accommodation and co-working spaces, is looking at locations in the Scottish capital as it bids to increase its portfolio to 54,000 beds worldwide by 2020. The company […]

Edinburgh patient facing painful wait pays £13k for knee op

A patient who faced a 16-month wait for surgery on his knees has revealed that he paid £13,000 to have a replacement operation done privately. Rick Loup first saw his GP in May last year with suspected osteoarthritis in both knees. He was told he could pay £160 for a private outpatient appointment which led the consultant who saw him […]

Self-harming in Scotland’s prisons ‘almost doubled in four years’

Self-harming in Scotland’s prisons has almost doubled in the past four years, it has emerged. Urgent action is now being demanded from the Scottish Government to tackle the problem amid concerns that prison staff are not getting proper support. The Prison Service insists that main reason behind the increase is improvements to the way figures are collected to provide a […]

Council services will suffer under fresh Scottish Government strategy

Frontline services including schools and social care are facing a fresh wave of cuts under Scottish Government spending “scenarios” over the next five years, it has emerged. It is likely that future budget cuts will increase pressure on ministers to raise taxes in Scotland to offset austerity measures from Westminster. Hundreds of millions of pounds would be lost in town […]

SNP’s Ian Blackford warns May over ‘new Windrush generation’

Theresa May has been warned she risks creating a “new Windrush generation” by charging undocumented children living in the UK lawfully thousands of pounds. The SNP’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford has written to the Prime Minister urging her to waive fees of up to £10,000 which risk denying more than 100,000 people their right to stay in the UK and […]

Antibiotics usage concerns for cancer patients

Antibiotics may significantly shorten the lives of cancer patients receiving immunotherapy treatment, a United Kingdom study has shown. Taking the pills to treat minor infections could be unnecessarily affecting length of survival, it was warned as GPs and oncologists were urged to prescribe with caution. The researchers, from the NHS Christie Hospital in Manchester, said a balance must be struck […]

Forget parking spaces; grow a garden

THE HAGUE: It seems a straightforward offer: swap your resident’s parking permit for a bit of greenery in the freed-up space, a lawn, a sun terrace or somewhere for the children to play. However, if any further proof was needed of the West’s destructive love affair with the car, the furious reaction to a pilot project in one of the […]