Government “burying its head in the sand” over NHS vacancies

I've told the Scottish Government to stop “burying its head in the sand” over vacancies in the NHS after new statistics showed the shortage of nursing staff and consultants.

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Distress for cancelled operations patients

I've warned that rising numbers of cancelled operations places huge stress on patients and their families.

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A&E target missed for 10,000 patients

I've called on the Scottish Government to ensure that the NHS is better prepared for winter after more than 10,000 patients missed the NHS 4 hour A&E target during January.

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Dreadful mental health figures released

I've condemned the Scottish Government’s refusal to deliver a step change in mental health through the budget after new figures showed worsening waits for adults and 739 children waited longer than the Scottish Government’s guarantee.

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Defibrillator location log can save lives

I've encouraged the public to support the Scottish Ambulance Service’s Registration to Resuscitation campaign, after Scottish Ambulance Service warned that they do not know where many publicly available defibrillators are situated.

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Chronic pain waits are an enormous burden on patients

Reports have indicated that chronic pain waiting times are far worse than official figures initially suggested.

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Widowed parents shouldn’t lose out

I've written to the Minister for Social Security, Jeane Freeman MSP, to request an urgent meeting to discuss changes to Widowed Parent’s Allowance which will see some bereaved spouses miss out on as much as 17 years of financial support.

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Government defeat shows need for national falls strategy

I've called for the Government to take forward a national falls strategy after the Government were defeated in the recent Patient Safety Debate.

 

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March Update

It's been a busy few weeks across the constituency and in Parliament. Below is a snapshot of what I've been working on - 

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Clear public support for opt out organ donation

I've called on the Scottish Government to bring forward legislation for an opt-out organ donation system after a new survey suggested that two thirds of respondents were in favour of such a system.

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