Tayside is once again in the news, this time it’s for a good reason, the annual report of the force has shown that the crime rate in Tayside has dropped significantly. The drop is expected to be 12.5 per cent, which is the lowest level in a decade. This plunge in crime rate has come as a good sign for Tayside followed with a drop in the violence and robbery cases.
This was possible only because of the efforts put on by the dedicated and hardworking police force, who all were working really hard to achieve this goal. Along with local policing the police officials continued monitoring the cross-border drug enforcement, murder enquiries, missing person enquiries and many other cases. Keen study was conducted in each and every aspect, to curb the rise in crime rates.
It was noticed that, an overall decrease of 12.5 per cent crimes were reported, along with a drop of over 2000 victims of such crimes in Tayside. Other than that, violent crimes like, robbery and racist crimes also showed a substantial drop in this period. Vehicle crimes too showed a fall, which in all means came as a great achievement by the police.
Justine Curran, the force’s Chief Constable, expressed his happiness with this feat by his team and felt really pleased by the way things have turned around for Tayside. The fewer crimes and violence with high quality of local policing has made the place safe to live in.
A recent study has revealed that unhealthy living is almost universal in Scotland with more and more health hazards reported. This shocking report came after a Scottish health survey conducted by the University of Glasgow, which suggested that, health of everyone in Scotland seems to be at risk. Above all, the most common disease which was found in most of the people of richer community was smoking, drinking, poor diet, physical inactivity and obesity.
This eye opener results shows that about 97 per cent of Scottish people are having one or the other risk factors (smoking, drinking, poor diet, obesity amd physical inactivity), meanwhile 55 per cent have three or more such and 20 per cent with four or more risk factors. Many doctors and health experts and researchers expressed that heavy alcohol consumption, smoking and poor diet is making life of Scots unhealthy with vulnerability to many health hazards . The health woes doesn’t ends here, further reports by analyst shows that obesity is also another health issue which Scots are facing with two-third of the Scottish people affected with it.
With the health standards dropping among Scots, its the need of the hour to bring in some concrete plan to keep a check on the prevailing health issues among people along with a need to change the living style, and adapting a healthy life. It is evident that Scotland has got a top rate for deaths caused due to heart ailments and alcohol, and if the prevailing lifestyle among Scots remains the same, then the health issue will get more worse.
It has been learned that more than 20% of Scots who travel to different places or vacation do not buy insurance. A recent study shows that 40% of the Scottish travellers has suffered holiday upset owing to lost of luggage, cancellations of flight or for other reason.
All those who reported their woes had never bothered to shield themselves by getting enough insurance for the traveling venture. Of lately it was also noted that more 30% Scott travelers willing to travel this year again has not taken any insurance for their upcoming vacations.
Even Motorists are seem to be lagging behind in availing insurance cover, and many have suffered for not having control after they were found stranded on highways waiting for assistance.
Same goes with insuring their mobile phones, which is either replaced or broken since it does not covers insurance. The research found that nearly £190 million has been spent for mending or replacing lost mobile phones that does not cover by insurance.
This shows that most of the Scotts do no understand the importance of insurance and the ordeal of getting the lost baggage.
House price in Scotland has shown a drop with prices fell over 3.3% over the year, but it all came amidst a rose in the last quarter by 0.7%, said Lloyds TSB Scotland. It is felt that the sales was comparatively slow in the second month of the year with later a jump in the sale in March. If we look at the figures we can clearly find that, sale of houses were down by 19% which was far low than that of the previous quarter.
At large, it was Dundee and Aberdeen who showed a good recovery with decent rates, but Glasgow still remained down by 8%. All this showed that the price rate of the houses in Scotland has been volatile in the last quarter. Meanwhile, Prof. Donald MacRae, chief economist of Lloyds Banking Group Scotland said, “The level of mortgage availability including for first-time buyers has increased while the cost of borrowing remains low for many mortgage holders.
This trend in the fall of prices of the houses in Scotland has indicated a change in the mindset of the buyers and also raised a concern over the present trend. But it is seen that slowly the sale is picking up and it is felt that it will further improve with the months to come.
Scotland is about to lose over 1200 health staffs, including nursing and midwifery with the aforesaid cut in the number of medical staffs by NHS . This decision came as a shocker for all, and also raised a concern over the treatment and care of the patients. It was told that no compulsory redundancies will be done and the slash in jobs will be done through natural wastage. Though this job cut is seen as a risk factor for the patients but, NHS GGC says, this reduction in staffing reduction is part of the efforts to modernize and redesign our services.
Looking at the figures we can see that during 2009 and 2012 they have spent £350m on modernising the hospitals and providing new facilities,equipments and other services. This cut will even be bringing more fund to better the facilities and treatments but will also raise a question on the care of the patients.
Noman Provan, Associate director for the union for employment relation condemns this new policy and said, the decision which was announced triggers a fear and if implemented will put patients safety at risk. He further added that it is simply not possible to cut the number of nursing and other posts without the patients care and safety being affected.
Now it has to seen what will be the fate of the innocent patients by these cuts, and how will the hospitals will cope up with the rising needs of quality health and care of patients.