Highlands and Islands MSP and Shadow Minister for Health Inequalities, Rhoda Grant, has welcomed proactive action being taken by NHS Highland 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.
Mrs Grant says she is pleased to be advised by the Chief Executive of NHS Highland, Elaine Mead, that they work closely with SSE and have active engagement with them during response to severe weather/power outages.
Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant, has said she is extremely puzzled as to why the cancelled winter sailings on the trial Lochboisdale – Mallaig route are very much higher than cancellations on neighbouring Hebridean routes and she says a summer trial must be sanctioned immediately.
Mrs Grant was recently told by Transport Minister, Derek Mackay, that introducing a summer pilot on the route is not currently possible due to vessel deployment limitations and was advised that the overall vessel deployment programme regularly reviewed by CalMac is “extremely complex and includes consideration of a large number of factors including capacity, demand, reliability, weather, length of crossing, shore infrastructure and vessel suitability.”
Highlands and Islands (Scottish Labour) MSP, Rhoda Grant who also serves as the Shadow Minister for Sport and Health Inequalities is renewing calls for business owners across the region to become Responsible Retailers of Energy Drinks (RRED).
The call follows the publication of a study by an international research team, led by Dr. Fabian Sanchis-Gomar of Madrid, Spain, who concluded that energy drinks can be the cause of many sudden cardiac deaths in young, healthy individuals.
The study highlighted that high caffeine energy drinks can aggravate underlying heart issues.
Because of high levels of caffeine and sugar, dangerous arrhythmias can easily develop in the hearts of young people who drink them.
Labelling of ingredients such as guarana, ginseng, and taurine have which caffeine concentrations that are equal to, or higher than, caffeine found in coffee are often masked in labelling and ingesting high doses of any of these substances can dangerous.
Mrs Grant said:
Orkney and Shetland Still Excluded from RET
That the Parliament believes that affordable, reliable and good quality ferry services are a lifeline that helps sustain all of Scotland’s island communities; notes the announcement by the Scottish Government on 26 March 2015 that road equivalent tariff (RET) has been rolled out to the remaining Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services on the west coast; understands that this means that ferry services to, from and within Orkney and Shetland are now the only routes in Scotland not in receipt of support under the Scottish Government’s RET scheme
UK National Stalking Awareness Day
That the Parliament recognises National Stalking Awareness Day, which falls on 18 April 2015; notes that the focus for this year’s activities keeps the spotlight on raising awareness of the dangers of stalking among young people; understands that the 2010 NUS report, Hidden Marks, highlighted that 60% of college students experienced stalking; further understands that research shows that stalking among young people is being overlooked in favour of bullying;
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.