To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to ensure that Scottish Ambulance Service North Division has sufficient resources to meet demand in (a) Shetland and (b) Orkney.
To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on reports that there is low morale among Scottish Ambulance Service North Division staff due to poor management.
To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on reports that Scottish Ambulance Service North Division has had to use retained crews in order to deal with shortages of trained staff and how it will it ensure that the division has sufficient resources.
Shadow Minster for Health Inequalities and Sport, Rhoda Grant MSP, today wrote the First Minister to ask what her Government has done to implement “Equally Safe”, Scotland’s strategy for preventing and eradicating violence against women and girls.
Equally Safe was published in June 2014, and stated that a progress report would be published before International Women day 2015.
This deadline has been and gone and no report or update has been published.
Awareness of Group B Streptococcus
That the Parliament notes with concern what it understands is the lack of public awareness regarding group B streptococcus (GBS) and the effects that it can have on newborn babies; understands that, in the UK, GBS infects over 500 babies every year and that 340 will develop early-onset GBS infection and one in 10 of them will die; believes that the incidence of early-onset GBS infection in England, Wales and Northern Ireland has remained unchanged since prevention strategies were first introduced in 2003 and that, in Scotland, it has increased from 0.21 per 1,000 live births in 2000 to 0.47 in 2012; understands that many countries, including the USA, Canada, Germany and Spain, offer routine testing for GBS at 35 to 37 weeks of pregnancy;
To ask the Scottish Government on what date it will announce how it will allocate funding from the (a) Equality, (b) Violence Against Women and Girls, (c) Children‘s Services and (d) Rape Crisis Specific Fund.
To ask the Scottish Government when the Voluntary Action Fund made its recommendations to ministers regarding applications to the (a) Equality, (b) Violence Against Women and Girls, (c) Children‘s Services and (d) Rape Crisis Specific Fund
Highlands and Islands Labour MSPs, Rhoda Grant and David Stewart, have today welcomed the announcement that a consultation on electricity distribution costs in the North of Scotland is to be launched.
Speaking after the announcement in today’s budget, Rhoda Grant said “This is progress of a fashion.
“It is a step forward but they should equalise distribution costs across the UK as a whole.
Down’s Syndrome Scotland, which supports people with Down’s syndrome, their families and professionals, organised an exhibition for MSPs at the Scottish Parliament to highlight Down’s Syndrome Awareness Week (16th-22nd March 2015) and the United Nations World Down’s Syndrome Day (Saturday 21st March 2015).
Rhoda Grant MSP welcomed the opportunity to learn a little more about Down’s syndrome to better represent and help constituents.