The Scottish Government has announced a ban on fracking.
Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse confirmed the government will outlaw the controversial gas extraction technique in Scotland.
A moratorium on the practice has been in place since January 2015 and the government's decision follows extensive consideration of reports on its potential impact.
Mr Wheelhouse said: "Fracking cannot, and will not take place in Scotland."
A public consultation on the issue received more than 60,000 responses, 99% of which were opposed to fracking.
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New figures show that 95.5% of patients in NHS Border’s emergency departments were seen, admitted or discharged within four hours. This beats the Scottish Government’s target of 95%.
Scotland has had the best performing emergency departments in the UK for 28 months now, which is testament to the hard work of our NHS and social care workers. We will always value the vital work done by our NHS staff – and we should always celebrate their success and continue to support their efforts.”
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Baby boxes are being put together ahead of delivery in Scotland tomorrow, Tuesday 15 August.
The baby boxes include around 40 essential items for new born babies.
The Minister for Childcare and Early Years, Mark McDonald, and Scotland's Chief Medical Officer, Dr Catherine Calderwood, are visiting the Baby Box distribution centre for a tour where they can see the baby boxes being individually packed:
From January 2018 baby boxes are to be delivered at least 4 weeks before due dates.
The Humanist Society Scotland have called on the Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Health, Shona Robinson, to review how NHS Boards are funding Homeopathy in Scotland.
This follows after NHS England announced they will end the funding of Homeopathy. If the changes go ahead in England, Scotland will be the only part of the UK where the NHS continues to fund the alternative treatment.
Good Thinking Society figures show funding for Homeopathy in the NHS in Scotland has reduced in recent years and shows six of the fourteen Scottish health boards spending £1.7m in the last year. The society says the funding could be better spent in other areas of healthcare:
It is absolutely vital that NHS spending is directed towards meaningful and effective treatments that have a real prospect of treating illnesses and other medical complaints. Homeopathy has continually been shown, time after time, to be no more effective than a simple placebo effect. The fact that the NHS in Scotland is spending over £1.5m a year on unproven remedies will stick in the throats of patients and campaigners who can see better uses for this resource in the NHS. Our NHS health treatments should be directed by robust scientific studies which show actual medical benefits."
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Scottish Borders Council has secured funding of more than £3.6 million for business infrastructure projects in Hawick.
The projects, funded by the Scotttish Government, follow on from the Hawick Action Plan, and will include property development and job opportunities.
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