Health boards have been forced to pay more than £1,500 for an agency nurse to cover a single hospital shift, new figures reveal.
Man Charged With Newton Mearns Murder
A man has appeared in court charged with murdering his partner, whose body was discovered at her East Renfrewshire home.
Police were called to an incident at a house in Beech Avenue, Newton Mearns, at around 11.55pm on Tuesday night.
Mother-of-two Xin Xin Liu, 39, was pronounced dead at the property.
Robert Kerr, 38, was charged with her murder when he appeared in private at Paisley Sheriff Court on Thursday.
Kerr, of Glasgow, made no plea or declaration during the petition hearing, the Crown Office confirmed.
He was remanded in custody and the case was committed for further examination.
He is expected to return to court on Friday of next week.
MSPs are in Brussels in a bid to gauge support for Scotland keeping some form of connection with both the European Union and the single market.
Ministers may need to introduce measures that are "initially unpopular'' as part of a "bold approach'' to tackling Scotland's obesity problem, according to MSPs.
Ministers should consider banning petrol and diesel vehicles from some parts of Scotland as part of efforts make the country more environmentally friendly by 2030.
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