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The NHS in Scotland 2016

This week has seen the publication of the Audit Scotland report into the NHS in Scotland. I don’t know about you, but when I see the word “audit” my eyes start to glaze over and all the accountants I have … Continue reading

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Musical chairs, foxes and stroke statistics

In my tiresome way, I am writing again about the annual Scottish Stroke Care Audit. You can read what I have said in the past by clicking here. While some of our politicians are playing musical chairs and saving the … Continue reading

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Lost scarf, lost cause?

A few posts ago I reflected on the lost things of our lives – one of these is a yellow typewriter which I last saw in 1976 in West Africa. Sadly, another of my belongings has joined the list of … Continue reading

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If you can’t stand the heat…

Acronyms can offend. HEAT – now there’s an acronym for you. To you and me, “heat” is the warmth of the sun or the output of a radiator or a fire. But HEAT in Scottish Government parlance stands for: Impressive … Continue reading

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A Most Curious Detour

The Stroke Association is sponsoring production of a play by stroke survivor Stuart Hepburn. It’s called A Most Curious Detour, and is based on his book of the same name, which recounts the experience of suffering a major brain-stem stroke … Continue reading

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Horse and King displaced by Pontiff

Heard on BBC Radio Scotland this week: “A horse walks into a pub. ‘Sorry. You’re too late,’ says the barman, ‘We’re making jokes about the Pope now.’ ‘He’s quite right,’ says Richard 111.” Headlines are well named as such because … Continue reading

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Three Trains and a Meeting

To travel from Aboyne to Edinburgh and back in a day by public transport is a challenge at the best of times and for the fittest of people. If you are a stroke survivor with a weak left side and … Continue reading

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