Far North Rail line campaigner, Rhoda Grant MSP, is encouraging local communities in Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross to get set to bid for funding to improve railway stations between Inverness and Caithness.
Mrs Grant is set to write to nearly 20 Community Councils across the Highlands who have a station within their boundaries.
The call comes on the day of the ScotRail franchise handover to Abellio, who will run the service from the 1st April 2015, and who have said that there will be a £1million per year community rail programme fund available for station improvements which community groups from around Scotland will be encouraged to bid for in their local areas.
Highlands & Islands (Including Moray) MSP, Rhoda Grant the Scottish Labour Shadow Health Inequalities Minister has slammed NHS Grampian over the length of time it has taken the Health Board to respond to her demand that figures relating to the number of patient’s in Grampian that are dying in hospitals whilst waiting on a delayed discharge list are recorded by the health board.
Mrs. Grant wrote to the health board on the 7th January 2015 requesting that NHS Grampian record and produce figures relating to delayed discharge deaths after a freedom of information request by the Scottish Labour Party revealed in January that across Scotland more than 400 patients a year died in hospitals whilst on a delayed discharge list, and revealed that NHS Grampian had failed to produce figures stating that the board do not record them.
Scottish Labour MSP Rhoda Grant MSP (Highlands and Islands) has voiced her dismay that the voices of concerned residents in the Carse area of Inverness have been ignored by the Scottish Government.
“The residents of the Carse area,” said Mrs Grant, “are rightly concerned about the impact of the Waste Transfer Station that is proposed for their area. The Highland Council are to be congratulated for listening to these concerns and refusing planning permission.
Highlands and Islands Labour MSP and Shadow Minister for Health Inequalities, Rhoda Grant, has welcomed proactive action being taken by NHS Western Isles to mitigate disruption during power failures.
After meeting with engineers who braved appalling weather conditions to reconnect homes and properties during the atrocious storms experienced in January, the MSP wrote to all health boards in the Highlands and Islands region advising them of Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution’s ‘Priority Services Register’, encouraging the health boards to promote the register amongst vulnerable people in their area.
Rhoda Grant : To ask the Scottish Government how it will ensure that there is sufficient capacity in hospitals and communities to provide women with ante-natal scanning services close to home.
HebCelt in Top 10 UK Summer Festivals—That the Parliament congratulates the organisers of the Hebridean Celtic Festival (HebCelt), which has been selected as one of the top 10 UK Summer Festivals in Songlines for the fifth year in succession; notes that, during HebCelt’s 20th anniversary in 2015, it is again the only Scottish festival on the list compiled by the magazine, which places the Lewis-based festival alongside Glastonbury and the Cambridge Folk Festival; notes that, in addition, HebCelt was named Best Event or Festival in the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards in November 2014;