David Stewart : To ask the Scottish Government how it is encouraging the uptake of free eye tests.
Michael Matheson : We have maintained our commitment to the free NHS eye examination introduced on 1 April 2006 delivering universally free comprehensive community based eye care services for everyone in Scotland.
Following the announcement that work has begun on Harris Distillery , Mr Stewart who welcomed the news said,
“As Deputy Convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Scotch whisky I am always delighted to see that this vital section of Scotland’s economy continues to grow, providing an economic boost to many parts of Scotland which have been hit hard during the recent turbulent economic times.
Highlands and Islands MSP David Stewart is concerned about the possible consequences to the Scottish whisky industry posed by independence.
Currently the U.K. Government administers “The Spirit Drinks Verification Scheme” through H.M. Revenue and Customs which is designed to help consumers identify genuine products produced in the U.K. The scheme requires producers, blenders, bottlers, labellers and bulk importers to apply to HMRC if they want to be verified.
I welcome the opportunity to debate the 2020 vision for health in Scotland, particularly the emphasis on innovation through technology and digital health and care.
As I am co-chair with Nanette Milne of the cross-party group on diabetes, it is no surprise that my focus will be on diabetes, specifically insulin pumps and research into the use of an artificial pancreas.
I will also provide evidence for why I believe the Scottish Government should provide an immediate and independent review of the NHS.
Commenting on changes that have been carried out by Police Scotland on its first year, David Stewart said,
” One year on and Police Scotland are driving ahead with change to shape the new organisation.
“I am not against change and I support efficiency savings where they can be carried out without adverse impact on individuals or communities.
Highlands & Islands MSP David Stewart has written to Moray and Aberdeenshire Police Scotland Commander, Chief Superintendent Mark McLaren, seeking an explanation as to why Forres Police public counter is not open to the public for the same period as the counters at Buckie and Nairn.