• 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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Recent Parliamentary motions proposed by Rhoda

Congratulation to Parklands Group
That the Parliament welcomes the official opening of state-of-the-art care homes for older people in Tain and Muir of Ord by the Lord Lieutenant of Ross and Cromarty, which have been built at a cost of £5 million; congratulates Parklands Group, which developed and will operate the facilities, on what it sees as its commitment to provide new standards of comfort and luxury for residents; understands that the proportion of older people in the Highlands is significantly higher than the Scottish average and that many communities lack modern care facilities; welcomes Parklands Group’s recent proposal to establish a £3.5 million facility in Grantown-on-Spey; believes that the group makes a significant contribution to the economies of Moray and the Highlands and that the Grantown-on-Spey investment will bring 50 new jobs, and congratulates it on being named Moray Business of the Year in the 2014 Highland Business Awards.

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Parliamentary question on Young Carers

Rhoda Grant : Will the minister consider improving support to young carers through the education maintenance allowance? The EMA requires excellent attendance, which is difficult for young carers to achieve because of their caring responsibilities.

Under current legislation and guidance, individual circumstances are to be taken into account for young carers, but will the minister consider putting them on the same footing as care leavers so that their education maintenance allowance cannot be withdrawn from them?

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“Cut Children’s Caffeine Consumption” Urges MSP

North Labour MSP Rhoda Grant is giving the RRED card to the sale of energy drinks to children and young people.
The Highlands and Islands MSP who serves as the Shadow Minister for Wellbeing is raising concerns over the health impact of high caffeine and high sugar energy drinks on children and young people.

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Endoscopy service at Mackinnon Memorial Hospital

Rhoda Grant has reacted to the news that the endoscopy service at Mackinnon Memorial Hospital was to be suspended after internal NHS Highland reports highlighted the poor environment surrounding the service and the NHS Highland Decontamination Group warned that the washer disinfector was at the end of life and would not be replaced as part of the Highland procurement process.

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Rhoda Grant : Parliamentary Question on Mesh Implants

Rhoda Grant : To ask the Scottish Government what advice it is giving to women with mesh implants and whether it is encouraging them to seek a second opinion where necessary.

Alex Neil: The Scottish Government has prepared a ‘Frequently asked Questions’ document which has been published on the NHS Inform website: