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;
Highland MSP, Rhoda Grant, who has led the campaign for improvements to the Far North and Kyle Lines for over 6 months blasted new ScotRail operator Abellio at the Points North: North Highland Lines Seminar which took place in Dingwall on the 2nd March.
The seminar, organised by HITRANS, who took part in the panel alongside representatives from First ScotRail and Network Rail (Scotland), was intended to engage with stakeholders and provide information to those in attendance, which included an audience of local rail users, friends of the far north and Kyle line, councillors, MPs and MSPs, with updates about the industry’s plan to get the railway north of Inverness back on track following the recent spate of problems affecting the routes.
New franchise operator Abellio, who will take control of ScotRail from 1st April, sent their apologies
Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant, is again putting pressure on government to make progress with the long awaited interconnector which will transmit electricity generated on the islands to the national grid.
Commenting, Rhoda Grant said “Ministers said last year this was top priority and yet nothing has happened. It begs the question what happens if things are not top priority?” She continued “This is a hugely important issue for the islands. The economic benefits for communities in exporting generated electricity is huge. Progress must be made on this, and soon.”
Highlands & Islands (Including Moray) MSP and Shadow Minister for Health Inequalities and Sport, Rhoda Grant, has once again written to Moray Council about their decision to terminate funding, which assisted the Moray Hydrotherapy Pool Board run the facility based in Forres.
She said, “ I wrote early last month to Moray Council on this issue and the fact that they terminated the £20,000 per year subsidy to the Moray Hydrotherapy Pool, as they claimed after three years the Board of the Hydrotherapy Pool were supposed to raise this revenue themselves through funding”.
Highlands and Islands MSP Rhoda Grant (Scottish Labour) sends her congratulations to the nine workplace learners from across the Highlands and Islands who have now graduated with a Certificate of Higher Education in Business and Management.
Mesh Continues to be Implanted in Scotland—That the Parliament notes that the former Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Alex Neil, told the Public Petitions Committee on 17 February 2014 that “If the health boards receive a letter from the acting chief medical officer with the backing of the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, it would be highly unlikely and highly unacceptable if they did not agree to the request” [to suspend the use of transvaginal mesh]; understands that, since this statement, many more Scottish women have been implanted with mesh and that from April to September 2014, 339 women had such a procedure and figures for the rest of 2014 are not yet available, and, given what it considers the powerful evidence presented at the Public Petitions Committee on 24 February 2015 by the US lawyer, Adam Slater, is concerned about the potential health impact of this on the women concerned and the financial consequences for the NHS.