NHS waiting time performance ‘all-time low’

I've called for ministers to finally step up as new figures revealed performance against the NHS’ 18-week referral to treatment standard is now at an all-time low.

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Scot Gov must act now to take pressure off NHS staff

The implementation plan for the NHS’ 2020 Workforce Vision has recently been published.

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No end in sight for life expectancy lottery

I've called on the Scottish Government to end the life expectancy lottery among Scots as new figures showed males in East Dunbartonshire can expect to live 7 years longer than those in Glasgow City despite just 13 miles separating the two.

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Performance at super hospital’s A&E “plummets”

I've called on SNP Ministers to give NHS staff the support they need after new A&E statistics recorded the worst performance against waiting time targets since March and performance plummeted at Glasgow’s super hospital.

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Infrastructure essential for new housing developments

A First Minister's Questions I pressed the First Minister to intervene over Edinburgh Council’s plans to approve thousands of homes in West Edinburgh without committing to appropriate infrastructure provision.

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SNP must be bolder in mental health strategy

The SNP must be bolder in the development of a new mental health strategy after experts told Parliament it was lacking ambition.

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NHS requires intelligent support

In 2015/16 NHS costs increased by 3.9% to £11.2 billion. 

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Brexit could cause NHS staffing crisis in Scotland

I've called on the UK Government to protect the rights of EU citizens working in the UK to avoid a Brexit-induced NHS staffing crisis in Scotland.

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SNP must listen on fuel poverty 

I've called on the SNP to listen to Parliament and refocus its efforts to tackle fuel poverty. 

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SNP must bow to growing pressure to end physical punishment 

I quizzed the SNP Government on whether it would allow its MSPs a free vote on ending the defence of “justifiable assault” and give children equal protection from violence.

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