WHILE reading Ally McLaws’ column on the good work at the NHS Center for Inclusive Care was great (“Without Scientific Evidence Faith Is Good Enough,” April 25), one reader might guess he is donating little more than Positive psychology. But on the contrary.

The person-centered holistic nursing practices at the NHS CIC are evidence-based and consistently produce positive outcomes that have been reported by patients, e.g. B. the reduction or discontinuation of medication prescriptions and family doctor visits as well as the increase in well-being. Does anyone really think the NHS would support anything that doesn’t help patients?

The fact is that this hospital preceded the NHS and was part of it in 1948 when NHS Scotland was founded. As you look beyond Scotland’s borders, you will find that the EU, US and others are passionately investing in inclusive medicine. Shocking that Scotland, with an enormous legacy of pioneering health and medicine, including holistic medicine, should go backwards; especially given Nicola Sturgeon’s commitment to creating an economy where wellbeing is as fundamental as GDP. The NHS CIC is a beacon for the NHS as a whole towards health care that is safer, more affordable, more sustainable and more accessible. You should invest in that.

Liza Horan, Vice-Chair, Friends of the NHS CIC, Edinburgh.

It is absolutely shocking that more than one in ten Scots has been taking antidepressants for more than three years (Prozac Nation, April 25).

People may be prescribed antidepressants primarily for a number of circumstances, but burdening people with antidepressant drugs without good evidence of their long-term use is not the answer. People need more support when they stop taking antidepressants too.

Recent research published in the Journal of Affective Disorders found that hypnotherapy was an effective treatment for depression. Why doesn’t the NHS primarily refer more patients for hypnotherapy and also to assist patients when they take antidepressants off?

Stephen McMurray, Edinburgh.


It is unfortunately not surprising to read another letter from Alexander McKay (April 25th) who continues his campaign to divert attention from the weakness and apparent failures of the British government at Westminster by attempting to continue the work of the Scottish government in Holyrood and our first undermine ministers. Unfortunately for Mr McKay, and luckily for Scotland, more Scots know what is actually happening in the UK (as opposed to reports from the BBC and much of the mainstream media outlets) than he seems to ascribe to them.

It is known that throughout the UK, in the early days of the pandemic, it was the policy of all governments to return patients who were clinically “good” to nursing homes, as “the experts”, when adequately isolated, believed they were are safer there than in the midst of the expected catastrophic pandemic conditions of our hospitals. In addition, the tragedy of the high number of deaths in nursing homes is known to have repeated itself across Europe and beyond. What Mr McKay fails to take into account in his recent attack on the First Minister is a reference to the reports by Channel 4 News, the Financial Times or the London School of Economics about the underreporting of Covid-19-related deaths in England. including those in nursing homes. Indeed, a report from the University of Stirling found that “excessive deaths” in nursing homes under supposedly “focused” governments were higher in both England and Wales than in Scotland.

If Mr McKay were less obsessed with his alleged failings with Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP, he could possibly rightly direct more of his concerns to the nursing homes that do not provide adequate protection to the vulnerable people in their care or to their employees Government that promoted private ownership and management of our nursing homes. Better still, he and the First Minister could call for a four-nation investigation into the coronavirus pandemic to begin this year.

Stan Grodynski, Longniddry.


A NEW report on Scotland’s finances is strong in content. Currently, public spending in Scotland is £ 2,543 per person more than the taxes levied here. Undoubtedly, that number can only get worse. It is therefore not surprising that Nicola Sturgeon does not want to talk about the details of her quest for independence, as these are uncomfortable.

The younger in society and the less affluent would be badly affected if Scotland became independent. While this topic is not just about economics, it has to be said that it is a very important factor. With all the “sleaze” talk in politics, it is surely time that the SNP clarified the real implications of independence.

The SNP wants this Holyrood election to be all about independence, without broadcasting the more “inconsiderate” details. This must be viewed as being frugal with the truth. Open and transparent government?

Dr. Gerald Edwards, Glasgow.


We have never had a British government like this. We have had many Tory governments, but never one. It is quite ready to pass over laws it dislikes. Dishonesty and fraud are routine, they will happily and obviously mislead Parliament. This goes with impunity as there is no meaningful contradiction. All exams have been suspended so it feels encouraged to do what it always wanted to do. She has made no secret of her contempt for the Scottish Government and will be happy to get Holyrood out of the way and then get rid of it. They didn’t want it at all.

So I sincerely hope that Scottish voters see through the Tory lies and empty promises in the May elections and vote to give the Scottish parties a clear majority, as this may be the only chance to protect our Parliament. The threat to Holyrood has never been so great.

Alan Anderson, Portlethen.

The debate was a horrific circus

I saw the Scottish leaders debate on Channel 4 where Krishnan Guru-Murthy was the ringmaster of this appalling circus.

If they didn’t interrupt each other, the ringmaster cut off their responses with thrown in comments or questions. It was not a sight to instill confidence in the abilities of any of the participants. In fact, the only bright spot in the entire debate was Nicola Sturgeon’s bright red suit. That was the highlight of the whole evening.

The thought that these are the people who want to run our country just makes me wince.

Ms. Sturgeon, a female Uriah Heep, patronizes, Patrick Harvie has ambitions beyond his capabilities, Douglas Ross is selling the old Tory party line and he deserves to get the red card for it, the softly spoken Anas Sarwar looks weak to Willie Rennie speaks well, but realizes that his party isn’t going anywhere fast.

The ringmaster tended to be the lord of the wrong rules, as no rules appeared to be followed or imposed on the participants to prevent interruptions and interjections, and he himself was one of the main culprits in this regard.

No follower of this show will have strayed from this show, enlightened, enthusiastic, or converted by the choices already made. If anything, viewers will be surprised by the poverty of the contributions of everyone involved in this stramash of debate.

I was wondering if this is the sad price we have to pay for Holyrood and the likelihood of domination.

Denis Bruce, Bishopbriggs.


YOUR article on Lord McConnell’s views on the current state of the Scottish Labor Party (“I don’t think the Constitutional issue is the main concern,” April 25) was interesting. However, this claim that Labor, under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, was anti-British was a lazy and ill-informed comment.

For my life I cannot see how a policy that supports investment in things like affordable housing and a properly funded NHS, developed under the leadership of Corbyn, can be called anti-British.

Corbyn’s leadership policy, such as the avoidance of badly judged foreign wars, is also very good news for me for the service personnel who have suffered from conflicts such as Afghanistan and Iraq

It is a pity that Lord McConnell and several other high-ranking Labor figures no longer supported the progressive policies of the Westminster leadership of Mr Corbyn and the Holyrood leadership of Richard Leonard. This could have prevented the current situation of the Scottish Labor Party from competing with the Scottish Tories for second place in the upcoming Scottish Parliament elections

Arthur West, Irvine.


I filled my car with 31.57 liters of gasoline at a cost of £ 39.12. The receipt showed this as £ 32.60 plus £ 6.52 VAT. Each liter of fuel costs 57.95 pence of fuel, so I contributed £ 18.29. That meant I gave the government £ 25.71.

Motorists contributed £ 27.57 billion in fuel taxes plus VAT in 2019/2020. Where does this come from when gasoline / diesel vehicles are banned under the pretext of climate change and replaced by electric vehicles that only the rich can afford?

Gas stations should show fuel tax as a separate item and once motorists see how much they pay each time they fill up there will be well-deserved demonstrations.

Meanwhile, the rest of the world drives 1.2 billion vehicles, and China has 378 million. So a ban on the 40 million in Britain will make no iota of difference to climate change.

Clark Cross, Linlithgow.


As a lifelong blonde who has spent 33 years as an officer / captain at Calmac, I feel pretty safe when I say Oban doesn’t translate as Little Bay (Best of Scotland Magazine, May issue), but Fair Bay: O for port, bhan for fair or safe. Little so did my Stornoway wife often describe my trout, which was brought home after a day on the hill lakes in the area.

David Fyfe, Arbroath.

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