Rhoda has given her support to the following motion in the Scottish Parliament
Penrose Inquiry Final Report
That the Parliament welcomes the announcement by the Scottish Public Inquiry into Hepatitis C/HIV acquired infection from NHS treatment in Scotland with blood and blood products (Penrose Inquiry) that it will publish its final report on 25 March 2015;
Educational Psychologists Numbers at Dangerously Low Levels in Scotland
That the Parliament recognises the report by the National Association of Scottish Principal Educational Psychologists and the Scottish Division of Educational Psychologists, which considers that the number of trained educational psychologists in Scotland is “dangerously low” and that psychological services in Scotland are reporting a significant increase in demand; understands that up to a quarter of educational psychologists may retire in the next four years and that there are too few trainees being recruited to fill this skills gap;
That the Parliament welcomes the findings of the 2013 Scottish Health Survey, which identified that only 21% of adults in Scotland are now smokers, a decrease from 25% in the previous year; notes that the study found that there has been a significant decline in the number of smokers aged between 16 and 64, decreasing from 35% in 1995 to 24% in 2013 and further notes that the average number of cigarettes smoked per day by those in the 16 to 64 age group also fell from 16.7 in 1995 to 12.7 in 2013;
Highlands & Islands MSP and Shadow Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health Minister, Rhoda Grant is delighted that 1472 people visited her anti bullying site, Tobie, in the last month.
She said “ I launched this site in Inverness on the 15 December and in Elgin on the 19 December 2014, and over the following four weeks I have been contacted by so many individuals who have a story to tell, including many who are what I call ‘sufferers’ of this anti social unacceptable behaviour.
“Sad to say most have told me that they suffered in silence because they did not know where to turn.
Highlands and Islands Scottish Labour MSP Rhoda Grant has called for everyone to play their part in helping NHS Highland weather the flu outbreak that has affected services in Raigmore Hospital.
“The NHS belongs to all of us,” said Mrs Grant, who is part of Scottish Labour’s Health Team, “ and we all have a part to play in it. During this current red alert for Raigmore we must do everything we can help.
The Health and Sport Committee’s recent inquiry into health inequalities showed clearly that they are a symptom of an unequal society rather than the cause.
The cause is income inequality, which in turn leads to inadequate housing, which means that people live in cold, damp properties because they cannot afford any better.