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Insight and analysis with a Scottish focus from political commentators from The Courier, The Press & Journal, the Evening Telegraph and the Evening Express.

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Insight and analysis with a Scottish focus from political commentators from The Courier, The Press & Journal, the Evening Telegraph and the Evening Express.

    Why Scotland's doctors are worried about Physician Associates

    Why Scotland's doctors are worried about Physician Associates

    Simon Barker, a children's orthopaedic surgeon in Aberdeen, explains the growing concern over the use of new “physician associates” in a stretched health service.
    Are they valuable, quickly-trained additions, or is this “mission creep” to paper over gaps doctors can’t always cover?
    Dr Barker is deputy chairman of the British Medical Association’s Scottish council, and works in NHS Grampian.

    • 23 min
    Scotland's new drug addiction recovery plan explored

    Scotland's new drug addiction recovery plan explored

    Douglas Ross tells us drug addiction and death is a problem in rural areas like his Moray constituency, not just cities with problems such as Dundee and Glasgow.
    The Tory leader explains why his ‘right to addiction recovery bill’ should get support at Holyrood.
    We also look our coverage of the Men’s Sheds scheme which forced the SNP into a funding U-turn.
    And we explore Scottish Labour’s problems getting local candidates into constituencies.

    • 32 min
    We search for words of wisdom as John Swinney becomes First Minister

    We search for words of wisdom as John Swinney becomes First Minister

    Becoming first minister was the easy bit for John Swinney.
    Now the handshakes and warm words are over, the hard work of governing begins.
    We speak with Kayleigh Quinn, who knows a thing or two about wrangling a difficult group at Holyrood.
    The former Scottish Labour organiser tells us what might be going through the new leader’s head as he looks at reshaping the SNP.

    • 35 min
    Humza Yousaf quits - what next for the SNP?

    Humza Yousaf quits - what next for the SNP?

    Humza Yousaf folded on April 29 after losing authority by ditching his Green coalition partners.
    We ask people in the outgoing first minister’s home city of Dundee what they think of his year in charge.
    We also hear from Green MSP Maggie Chapman, who was asked if she still has confidence in her own party leaders.
    Our political reporters look at the wreckage and discuss what might happen next as another SNP leadership contest looms.

    • 24 min
    Alistair Greig’s £13m Ponzi fraud

    Alistair Greig’s £13m Ponzi fraud

    A long-running plea for justice in the north of Scotland is being described as similar in scale to the Post Office scandal.
    At its heart are the dozens of families devastated by conman Alistair Greig.
    He was a respected financial advisor based in Aberdeen who ended up duping 184 victims out of £13 million.
    Now they want justice.
    To tell the story, we’re joined by Dale Haslam, an investigations reporter with the Press and Journal newspaper.
    He has just returned from Westminster to hear from MPs including Alistair Carmichael pushing the campaigner’s case for answers.

    • 33 min
    Is Labour ready for power?

    Is Labour ready for power?

    Jennifer Lees-Marshment has studied political marketing and management since the rise of Tony Blair.
    In this episode, she tells us how the main parties are approaching the phony war before the election date is set.
    She also describes concerns that politicians are simply not trained to actually do their job when in power.
    Would you go to a surgeon who hasn’t been trained? Why should we expect to be governed well by people who don’t know how to put their promises into practice?

    • 25 min

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