• 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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Highland MSP Grant Secures Far North Talks with Abellio

Highland MSP, Rhoda Grant who has been campaigning vigorously for improvements to the Far North and Kyle train line and service over recent months has secured a meeting with Abellio on March 11th in the Scottish Parliament.

Rhoda Grant MSP will meet with Michael Kean, Rail Development Director for Abellio in the UK, who also acted as the ScotRail franchise bid director for the company during the tendering process.

Commenting Mrs Grant said:

“I’m pleased I have been able to secure a meeting with Abellio ahead of the formal franchise handover from First ScotRail on the 1st April.

“It is crucial that the new franchise operators are aware of the persistent issues facing the rail line north of Inverness.

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North MSP seeks review of In-patient facility for sufferers of Anorexia Nervosa in Highlands

Highlands & Islands MSP and Shadow Minister for Sport and Health Inequalities, Rhoda Grant is seeking a review of In-patient facility for sufferers of Anorexia Nervosa in the Highlands.

She said, “Anorexia Nervosa is a serious mental health condition.

“It is an eating disorder in which people keep their body weight as low as possible.

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Rhoda’s support for members’ motions

Mental Health

As an amendment to motion S4M-12492 in the name of Jim Hume (Mental Health), leave out from “notes the recent” to “missed” and insert “while welcoming the HEAT waiting time targets for child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), notes that both the 26-week targets for 90% of referrals for March 2013 and the 18-week target for December 2014 were not met for Scotland overall and not met by a number of NHS boards; calls on the Scottish Government to publish the 10-year follow-up to the 2003 Scottish Needs Assessment Programme report, which was promised for 2014; further calls on the Scottish Government to carry out an independent review of the referrals rejected by CAHMS and explain the substantial variation in these rejections; invites the Scottish Government to report to the Parliament on resumption of progress in eliminating the admission of children and adolescents to non-specialist settings, and notes that the target for adult patients referred for psychological therapies continues to be missed;”

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More than just a walk in the woods for Rhoda

Highlands and Islands (including Moray) MSP Rhoda Grant , Shadow Minister for Sport and Health Inequalities, attended the season opening event of the Inverness Orienteering Club.

She met with Colin Matheson from the Scottish Orienteering Association to discuss the 2015 World Orienteering Championships.

These Championships, along with the biennial Scottish Six Day Event, are scheduled to take place at the beginning of August in various venues over Highland and Moray.

After meeting members of the Inverness Orienteering Club, Colin walked Mrs Grant round a course in Craig Phadrig forest to give a taste of the orienteering experience.

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Rhoda Grant MSP supports The Great Daffodil Appeal

This month marks the start of the Great Daffodil Appeal, a month-long fundraising event for Marie Curie Care.

Marie Curie Care provides care at home or in one of its nine hospices, to more than 40,000 patients suffering from terminal illnesses throughout the UK.

North MSP and Shadow Minister for Sport and Health Inequalities, Rhoda Grant, has extended her support for the campaign, commenting:

“I want to take this opportunity to highlight that importance of Palliative care and the need for every sufferer to have end of life care.

“Palliative care is not included in the Scottish Government’s 2020 vision for healthcare.

“It is important that we get this included, because too many people are dying in hospital, (almost 50%) which in many cases is an inappropriate place for them to die”.

“It is sad that people who are in their last weeks or months are in a hospital ward when they could be at home or in a homely setting with their family around them.

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Rhoda’s member’s motion on Scottish Union Learning Successes

Rhoda’s member’s motion on Scottish Union Learning Successes

Scottish Union Learning Successes

That the Parliament congratulates the nine learners from the Highlands and Islands who took part in a pilot, trade union-led, learning scheme and have now graduated with a Certificate of Higher Education in Business and Management;