Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant, has again stepped into the row over the Lewis interconnector.
The cable, which would stretch approx 50 miles (80km) from Gravir on Lewis to Ullapool on the north-west coast of mainland Scotland, has been subject to a number of delays.
Highlands and Islands MSP Rhoda Grant has joined the fight against breast cancer by taking part in Breast Cancer Campaign’s flagship fundraiser, wear it pink day.
The theme of wear it pink this year is to ‘look good, do good’ in support of breast cancer research.
That the Parliament recognises the week beginning 20 October 2014 as Family Friendly Week, formerly known as Parents Week, and notes that it is a time of celebrating the contributions that parents make to society; further notes that the week highlights the resources that families have and the major issues facing families today; acknowledges the work of parents as part of their children’s learning and supports the efforts of parents to be involved in their local schools and education authorities as children achieve more when parents are more involved; understands that this year’s theme is Cook Together, Share Together, Laugh Together because of the importance of family quality time, and welcomes the work of the Family and Childcare Trust in increasing awareness of the problems faced by families today, including those of work-life balance and childcare as well as the huge part that parents play in society.
Highland MSP and Shadow Minister for Wellbeing Rhoda Grant is welcoming news from NHS Highland that the Health Board is to require all contractors it commissions to pay their staff at minimum the “Living Wage,” currently £7.65 /hour.
Ms Grant commented:
“It is important that major employers and commissioners of public services take a lead in ensuring that workers are offered at least a Living Wage.”
The NHS is a national treasure.
It is one of the few policy areas where cross-party support is guaranteed.
We all know that the NHS is creaking at the seams.
Should it fail, we all fail.
That is why we need a root-and-branch review of the NHS to ensure that it is fit for the 21st century.
I, too, congratulate Jackie Baillie on bringing the debate to the chamber.
I think that we all recognise the difficulty of the transition from child to adult services, and we hear about it weekly at the Health and Sport Committee.
It is very difficult for someone with a chronic condition when the help, support and care that they are receiving stops altogether when they move from child to adult services. The situation is even worse for those with life-limiting conditions, for whom every day is precious, and who may have been used to receiving additional support as part of the services that are provided for children.