Rhoda Grant: Carers Week 2015—That the Parliament welcomes Carers Week 2015, which runs from 8 to 14 June and is supported by Carers Scotland, Carers Trust Scotland, Independent Age, Macmillan Cancer Support and the MS Society; notes that the week aims to raise awareness of carers at national, regional and local levels in order to improve their lives and the lives of the people that they care for; further notes that this year’s focus is on building carer-friendly communities that aim to support carers in looking after their loved ones while at the same time recognising that they are individuals with needs of their own; understands that around 759,000 people in Scotland, one in eight of the population, are caring for a loved one, and that many face challenges, including financial hardship and ill health;
Highland MSP, Rhoda Grant has written to NHS Highland over the “questionable” consultation process ahead of the decision by the local health board to close the Cairdeas Cottage facility, a drop-in centre for people with mental health problems in Inverness following the withdrawal of funding.
Mrs Grant wrote to NHS Highland following a call for help from Mental Health charity Hug who are seeking help in saving the centre.
However NHS Highland have stated that following a review they are committed to scrapping the Cairdeas Cottage service in favour of moving to one service operated from Bruce Garden’s Day Centre, which it says will allow for seven day opening.
Following the decision by NHS Highland Mrs Grant has written to NHS Chief Executive, Elaine Mead over the lack of proper consultation that took place ahead of the announcement.
Congratulations to Joanne Martin of Possilpark—That the Parliament congratulates Joanne Martin of Possilpark in the parliamentary constituency of Maryhill and Springburn on securing a place to study medicine at the University of Aberdeen; notes that Joanne is a former pupil of Springburn Academy; understands that Joanne’s initial applications to medical schools at Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee universities were all rejected although she had the qualifications required; further understands that Joanne then expanded her CV and experience by teaching health and hygiene in Ghana for three months and by taking an Open University course; believes that medicine and veterinary science have the lowest number of entrants from so-called deprived areas;
Highland MSP Rhoda Grant is calling for a “rethink” over the decision by the Post Office to remove the free-to-use cash machine (ATM) from its Fort Augustus Post Office branch, which is relocating to the Londis store in the village.
The removal of the ATM from the For Augustus branch would result in the loss of the only free-to-use cash machine in the village , with the next nearest free cash withdrawals being available from Drumnadrochit, around 18 miles away.
Although the Post Office will provide a cash withdrawal service over the counter, which will be open longer as a result of the change, the Citizens Advice Scotland are also concerned about the change and have voiced concerns over the way in which Post Office Ltd have progressed the closure of this ATM service, outside the agreed consultation and decision making process.
Mrs Grant has written to the Post Office, Chief Executive Paula Vennells to raise concerns on behalf of the local community.
The debate has been positive and I think that there is consensus across the chamber on the importance of AHPs’ role.
AHPs are not unused to hearing that and have heard it often, but they also expect a bit more from us to enable them to play their roles fully and provide the benefits from that.
I welcome the additional £3 million of funding that the minister announced today, which will go part of the way towards redressing some of the cuts that we have heard about.
Highlands and Islands MSP Rhoda Grant is calling for an end to poor conditions and poverty pay ahead of National Waiters Day 2015, which takes place on Thursday 21st May.
The National Waiters Day was launched by the hospitality industry and is designed to celebrate front of house staff working in the industry and to encourage more people to consider waiting tables as a serious career choice.
However, Rhoda Grant MSP is using the day to highlight the hospitality industry’s failure to tackle the poor conditions and poverty wages that have left waiting tables as one the UK’s worst paid jobs.