George Adam MSP and Delia Henry Subtitle It Jun 15

George Backs Action on Hearing Loss Scotland’s Subtitle It! Campaign

George Adam MSP is backing a new campaign by the charity Action on Hearing Loss Scotland which is calling for more subtitles for people who are deaf or have hearing loss.

Hearing loss affects an estimated one in six people in Paisley and accurate, timely subtitles are vital to help deaf or hard of hearing people follow what is being said on public information videos as well as television programmes and movies.George Adam MSP and Delia Henry Subtitle It Jun 15

The charity has launched its Subtitle It! campaign to achieve equal access to television and movies – whether through digital, on-demand or new media services – for viewers who are deaf or have hearing loss.

Delia Henry, Director of Action on Hearing Loss Scotland, said: “The lack of subtitles is one of the biggest issues we are contacted about by our members. As technology has advanced, the ways in which we watch television programmes has changed, but, unfortunately, people with hearing loss are being left behind.

“Just a fraction of on-demand content is currently subtitled and some local digital television channels don’t provide subtitles at all, so we want broadcasters and the video-on-demand industry to substantially improve their subtitles provision to enable people with hearing loss to have equal access to their favourite shows like everyone else.

“We’re delighted that George Adam MSP is behind our Subtitle It! campaign to stop the digital exclusion of people with hearing loss in Paisley.”

George Adam MSP said: “Access to TV programmes for people with hearing loss has vastly improved in recent years, however I was shocked to learn that more than 80 per cent of on-demand providers don’t offer any subtitles on their catch-up services and that digital channels in Scotland can do much better too.

Having spoken to Action on Hearing Loss Scotland campaigners, I’m aware of the understandable frustration that the lack of subtitles causes many who are deaf or hard of hearing – especially when programmes on catch-up services were originally broadcast with subtitles provided!

“I encourage all my constituents to support Action on Hearing Loss’s Subtitle It! campaign to encourage broadcasters and Video on Demand providers to ensure people who are deaf or hard of hearing can use accurate subtitles, which are synchronised with speech, on everything that they watch.”

For information about Action on Hearing Loss’s Subtitle It! campaign, visit www.actionhearingloss.org.uk/subtitleit

George outside the A&E Dept at the RAH

RAH Staff Praised in Parliament

The most recent figures produced by the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board (GGCHB) have shown a marked improvement in the waiting times at the Royal Alexandra Hospital (RAH) in Paisley. Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, pressed the Health Secretary for further details on the current situation at the Accident and Emergency (A & E) department. Due to recent changes and the hard work of staff at the RAH 91.2% of patients are being seen within the four hour waiting time target. An expert support team joined the department for a two week stint in February after the busy winter period.

George outside the A&E Dept at the RAH

George outside the A&E Dept at the RAH

Shona Robison MSP, Cabinet secretary for Health and Wellbeing said:

‘The most recent figures ending on the 14th of June state 91.2% of patients were seen within 4 hours due to the hard work of staff within the hospital. We must sustain and improve that performance even further’.

Speaking on the issue, George said:

‘The A & E department at our hospital has been under pressure, this was evident after the usual winter pressures felt across the NHS. In February the support team entered the department and with the efforts of the staff there has been an improvement in waiting times from 84% to over 91%. The staff should be recognised for their hard work and we have more to do.

‘The Scottish Government have set a target of 95% of patients waiting less than four hours. These are tough targets but we should always be pushing to see progress. We should never find ourselves in a position being happy with our lot, unwilling to look for improvements. In everyday life we look to improve ourselves, our government should look to improve public services.

‘I would like to offer my thanks and support to staff at the RAH and look forward to further progress.’

Anthony Nolan

Life Savers Assemble

Championed by Paisley’s MSP George Adam, the blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan is searching for more local heroes in Paisley to join its bone marrow donor register and help in the fight against blood cancer.

The charity has revealed today that, in Paisley, there are more than 760 selfless people willing to donate their stem cells, or bone marrow, to save the life of a stranger. More than 550,000 people are currently on the Anthony Nolan register and the average per constituency is 790.Anthony Nolan

Anthony Nolan was the world’s first bone marrow register. The charity has been saving lives for four decades by matching remarkable people willing to donate their bone marrow to patients in desperate need of a transplant.

Two thirds of UK patients will not find a matching donor from within their families; instead they turn to Anthony Nolan to find them an unrelated donor.

In Scotland the charity works with the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to recruit donors, but currently a perfect match can only be found for 60 per cent of transplant patients.

Commenting, George said: ‘There are 765 heroes on the register here in Paisley but the challenge continues. I’m hunting for more crusaders to sign up today, so we can fight blood cancer together. Every 20 minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with a blood cancer.

‘Around 2,000 people in the UK need a bone marrow (or stem cell) transplant each year. Every day, more people are needed as donors.’

‘It is something truly heroic to give a stranger a second chance at life. I have even managed to get a member of my staff to sign up and become a bone marrow donor through Anthony Nolan. This is why I’m proud to champion this cause to my constituents.’

Ann O’Leary, Head of Register Development at Anthony Nolan, added: ‘We are delighted that {insert name} has been inspired to encourage others to sign up as donors. Donating is an incredibly selfless thing to do and will give someone with blood cancer their best chance at survival. What many people don’t realise is that it is also surprisingly simple.’

To join the Anthony Nolan register you must be 16-30 and in good health. It involves filling out a simple online form and spitting into a tube.

The charity needs heroes of all ages to champion the register at a local level and help us spread the word – from schools, communities and workplaces to your own friends and family. Be a hero – find out how you can help by going to www.anthonynolan.org/capes.

George outside the old St Mirren ground on Love St

George Calls on Tesco to Clean up Derelict Sites

For over 5 years, the sites of the old St Mirren ground and the GX Superbowl on Renfrew Road have lay empty and derelict after being purchased by Tesco. Despite initial plans to build a Tesco Supermarket at the Renfrew Road site, the billion pound global giant decided to pull the plug on the development, while plans for the St Mirren’s previous home have been even less clear.

George outside the old St Mirren ground on Love St

George outside the old St Mirren ground on Love St

Paisley’s MSP George Adam recently wrote Tesco, one of Europe’s biggest companies, raising concerns about the condition of the sites. Comment, George said, “For far too long, both these sites have lay empty and in a state of disrepair. From a selling standpoint, I think it would be in Tesco’s interest to make the sites look more pleasing to the eye. Especially the old St Mirren ground, anyone coming into our town from the airport sees this eyesore, it does not paint a great picture.

‘Further, I have asked what Tesco are doing to activity market both sites. Do they want to keep these sites on the asset column on their balance sheet, stopping another supermarket building in either site? This is a accusation levelled at Tesco before and they are certainly doing nothing to disprove this.

“As buddies, we have pride in our town. Entering Paisley via Love Street or Renfrew Road and you are greeted by large empty areas of land, giving off the wrong impression of our historic town. I would urge Tesco to firstly and at the very least, tidy these sites up and make them look less of an eyesore. Emblazed on the fence around the Renfrew Road site, a sign reads ‘Proudly Sponsored by Tesco’. I would not be proud if I owned a large piece of land and left it in that condition.

‘But more importantly, we want these sites developed and brought back into use. It is time Tesco used some of it’s billion pounds in wealth and either use these sites or sold them to someone with a desire to develop the land.”

George and Nairne

Nairne’s Week With Team Paisley

Recently, Nairne Clark, a fourth year pupil at Belmont House School, has joined the family at Paisley’s Parliamentary Office for his work experience. As the fourth years at his school were scheduled to undertake work experience at the end of June, Nairne thought it would be a good experience as he has a keen interest in politics and current affairs that has grown due to the recent political awakening in Scotland and the General Election. 16 year old Nairne thought it would also be interesting to learn about the tasks and duties of an MSP, both in the constituency and the Scottish Parliament.

George and Nairne

George and Nairne

Speaking of his time at the office on Johnston Street Nairne said, “The past week has been a brilliant experience! I’ve gained some valuable skills through preparing a briefing and looking in to issues raised by local constituents. The team of George, Matthew, Dave, Tom and Cathy made the week even better as they were very nice and welcoming. I also had the pleasure of being invited to go to the Parliament on the Wednesday; it was a great honour and a very interesting experience.”

“At the parliament I received an insight into the duties of MSP’s and met George’s lovely wife Stacey. As well as this, I was able to sit in the gallery of the chamber and watch the Community Empowerment bill make its way through parliament. In addition to this I received a tour of the wonderful, modern building and saw a few familiar faces! Over all it has been a very interesting and informative experience.”

Speaking of the experience George said, “It was great to have Nairne in the office this week. He was a pleasure to work with and provided great assistance to me and my staff. On his first day in the office, I was clear to see that Nairne already had a great understanding of politics and was knowledgeable about current affairs. He was constantly asking questions to find out more information; he really wanted to take full advantage of working within a busy constituency office. I would like to thank Nairne for his hard work and wish him well for the future.