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Being candid with patients is second nature to doctors, MDU survey finds

A new survey from the Medical Defence Union (MDU) of over 400 doctors has demonstrated doctors’ willingness to be open and honest with patients when something goes wrong in their care. The survey of 411 MDU members* found: 99% of doctors followed up incidents by apologising, explaining what happened and trying to put things right,… Read more »

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Gamekeeping Taskforce “needed now more than ever”

A year on from BASC Scotland’s call for the establishment of a Gamekeeping Taskforce, the Minister for Environment and Land Reform, Màiri McAllan MSP, has been urged to address the ongoing difficulties facing gamekeepers and rural workers in managing the countryside. Ahead of the 2021 Scottish Parliamentary election BASC Scotland called for the creation of a Scottish Gamekeeping… Read more »

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Govt wants to encourage more recycling
‘Green light’ for fewer bin collections

Households could be set for fortnightly bin collections, after research shows no adverse health impact. Ministers have signalled support for alternate weekly rubbish and recycling collections, claiming it would encourage more households to recycle and reduce waste. Research published today by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) shows pilot schemes experienced no… Read more »

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Local recycling services singled out for praise
Environmental services drive councils’ success

Environmental services have been singled out for praise in the latest review of councils’ performance. The Audit Commission’s Comprehensive Performance Assessment (CPA) report highlighted the improvements made in environmental services, which have helped councils improve their overall performance. Some 79 per cent of councils achieved three or four star ratings overall, rising to 84 per… Read more »