• Rhoda Grant MSP – Views sought on Scottish Fire Service shake-up

    Highlands and Islands Labour MSPs, Rhoda Grant and David Stewart, are appealing to people throughout the region to respond to the request from the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee for written views on the reform of the fire and rescue service.

    The call for opinions came from the Justice Committee the day after the decision was announced to reduce the number of fire controls in Scotland from eight to three.

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  • Rhoda Grant – Parliamentary question on priorities in Tourism in 2014

    Rhoda Grant: Will the cabinet secretary join me in congratulating Lewis, Harris and the Western Isles on coming top of TripAdvisor’s top 10 European islands?

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  • Rhoda Grant joins the fight against breast cancer

    Rhoda Grant MSP for the Highlands and Islands and the Shadow Minister for Wellbeing has joined the fight against breast cancer by taking part in Breast Cancer Campaign’s biggest (and pinkest) fundraiser, wear it pink day.

    Over the last 10 years wear it pink has raised a staggering £23 million and on Friday 25 October 2013 people will come together in schools, colleges and businesses across Scotland to raise vital funds for Breast Cancer Campaign’s lifesaving research.

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Inverness Sheriff Court Fire Sparks Concerns Over Contingency Plan

Highland MSP, Rhoda Grant is once again calling on the Scottish Court Service to “clarify” contingency plans for court business following a suspected fire in Inverness Sheriff Court on Wednesday 27th May.

Smoke from overheating electrical cables in the Inverness court buildings basement required the attendance of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service at the scene, disrupting the court services throughout the day.

Commenting, Mrs Grant said

“It was fortunate this fire was not more serious and that no one was hurt. This does raise further concerns though over exactly what contingency plans are in place should court services ever seriously be disrupted.


Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill Stage 1 – Rhoda’s speech in the debate

This is an emotive debate and people will be passionate about the view, either for or against the bill, that they hold.

It is my hope that, regardless of their stance, people will respect a differing viewpoint and the reasons for which it is held.

I am instinctively against the general principles of the bill. I believe that life is precious.

We only have one life.

However, life is not always easy, which is why we have a suicide reduction strategy.

We recognise that, too often, people come to a stage in their lives where, for whatever reason, they do not seem to wish to go on.

As a society, we recognise that and put supporting mechanisms in place to try to help people through those difficulties, believing that suicide should not be an option.


Rhoda’s member’s motion on Carers Week

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;


MSP Grant Questions Cairdeas Cottage Closure Consultation

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.


Rhoda’s support for member’s motion

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;