They were traditionally earned through activities such as sewing, first aid and putting up a tent.
The 13 public sector bosses in the north and north-east are spending 20 times more on driving and taxis than they are on public transport.
The extent to which the north and north-east’s hospitals are falling behind the rest of Scotland has been laid bare in a new report.
NHS Grampian has been the worst performing health board in Scotland against a key waiting-time target for 15 consecutive months.
NHS Orkney has received a coveted award from the Ministry of Defence in support of the health board’s long support of the armed forces.
NHS staff shortages were branded “increasingly concerning” last night after it emerged almost 800 nurse and midwife jobs are unfilled in the north and north-east.
A double amputee from Orkney suffering chronic pain has been told she would wait a year to see a consultant in Aberdeen.
Thousands of women on Orkney are being encouraged to attend a mobile breast screening service when it arrives on the islands.
NHS Orkney is proposing that the name of the new hospital and healthcare facility currently under construction in Kirkwall and due to open in late summer 2019 will be the The Balfour.
New figures show that 470 people spent more than 12 hours waiting to be seen in Scotland’s Accident and Emergency departments in just one week.
Health chiefs in Orkney are investigating after an 80-year-old patient was discharged from hospital and put on a ferry in freezing conditions in his pyjamas and slippers.
New figures show that the Highlands experienced the largest rise in A&E attendances in Scotland between Christmas and New Year.
New figures have revealed the “concerning” difference in spend on hospital food across Scotland.
More than 8million NHS staff hours have been lost due to ill health in the north and north-east in the last four years, it has been revealed.
A medical team serving remote islands in Orkney has been reinstated after a ‘mystery’ five month suspension.
The chief executive who “transformed” Orkney’s health board is leaving to take on a new challenge.
Nurses in the north and north-east could still be owed millions of pounds in backdated holiday pay, it has emerged.
Health chiefs in the Highlands have admitted that all of the region's hospitals face a maintenance backlog - and most older buildings are "high risk".
An island health board has admitted destroying hundreds of mental health patient notes by mistake.
Construction of a new £64million hospital in Orkney is under way.
Work will get underway to build a state-of-the-art new hospital on Orkney within weeks.
NHS Highland has recorded one of the lowest average cancer waiting times in Scotland - despite one patient put on hold for almost a year before being treated.
Thousands of people are being forced to travel to other parts of the country to undergo vital treatments, new figures have revealed.
Orkney is doing its bit to improve the dental health of people in Nepal and Cambodia with a donation of vital equipment.
Staff at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness are still working to contain an outbreak which has closed a ward at the flagship facility.
Work is set to start of Orkney's new £60million hospital in "the very near future" after the final hurdle for the project was cleared.
The number of obese people needing specialist transport to get them to medical appointments has more than doubled in five years.
A £60million new hospital for Orkney has been given the green light by the Scottish Government.
The Scottish Liberal Democrats have attacked the SNP's "relentless" centralisation of services, amid fears northern isles NHS boards could be abolished.
The condition of NHS Highland's buildings have been ranked as one of the worst in Scotland.
A contractor has been appointed to build a new £60million hospital in Orkney.
Hospitals across the north and north-east are to get more than £1.3million to improve emergency care.