Category Archives: Health

Mental Health Waiting Times

The waiting time target for child and adolescent mental health services has never been met since it was introduced almost three years ago. In December 2014 the SNP government set a standard of a maximum wait of 18 weeks from a patient’s referral … Continue reading

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Cycling will reduce heart disease

A five-year study, based in Glasgow and published in the British Medical Journal surveyed 250,000 UK commuters showed cycling and walking had benefits to your likely hood of cancer and heart disease over sitting on public transport or taking the … Continue reading

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Marie Curie – Daffodil Appeal

Please support “make every daffodil count” this March for Marie Curie the terminal illness charity. The Great Daffodil Appeal is Marie Curie’s biggest annual fundraising campaign and they are asking people to simply give a donation and wear a Marie … Continue reading

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Children and alcohol adverts

More must be done to reduce children’s exposure to alcohol brands and advertising. Alcohol Focus Scotland was asked to facilitate an expert group on alcohol advertising and in the Virtual Expert Network’s recent report Promoting Good Health; Reducing the impact … Continue reading

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Registration to resuscitation

You can save lives by making sure your community register where your Public Access Defibrillators (PADs) can be found. A PAD is a vital piece of equipment used in the early minutes following a cardiac arrest before the ambulance arrives. … Continue reading

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Alcohol Focus

The charity Alcohol Focus has produced alarming statistics about the downside to Scotland’s relationship with alcohol. While most of us drink responsibly the impact alcohol abuse has on society is worrying. Every week 22 Scots die from alcohol, 6 out … Continue reading

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World AIDS Day 2016

1st of December is World AIDS Day, and I am proud to stand in solidarity with those living with HIV, and to remember those that have died from the virus. This is an important day for so many people – … Continue reading

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GP crisis – Moffat Practice

My constituents in Upper Clydesdale received a blow last week when it was announced that the Moffat High Street Surgery has been unable to secure a GP to take on the practice and Dumfries and Galloway Health Board have stepped … Continue reading

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Wear it Pink!

It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Breast Cancer Now is asking you to Wear it Pink!  We all know someone affected by breast cancer and the money you raise will go into researching how to prevent cancer, how to detect … Continue reading

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National Deaf Children’s Society – getting it right from the start

Representatives from the National Deaf Children’s Society were in the Parliament recently to publicise and raise awareness of their report – Getting It Right from the Start. I was asked to explain to Joanne O’Donnell, from the Society, which picture … Continue reading

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