Paisley’s MSP George Adam has welcomed new statistics showing a significant increase in NHS staff in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board area – and is paying tribute to the hard work and dedication of local NHS staff.
The figures published this week show that the total number of Whole Time Equivalent (WTE) staff in the NHSGGC area has grown by 2.8 per cent over since the SNP came to office. NHS staff numbers in Scotland as a whole are now standing at a record high.
A recent Survation poll has found that the SNP is the party which people most trust with the NHS – by a factor of more than two-to-one over Labour.
Commenting, George said:
“Our local NHS staff do an incredible job for which we should all be thankful – and so these figures showing that there are even more NHS staff in Paisley is very welcome.
“The SNP’s commitment to our health service is second to none and is delivering real results for Paisley – investing even more in frontline health spending in 2015/16, meaning Scottish health spending will now be above £12bn for the first time ever.
“This real commitment the Scottish Government has demonstrated to protecting and improving the health service is exactly why polls show far more people in Scotland trust the SNP with our NHS than any other party.
“The SNP will never be complacent with our health service because we know there are always challenges and there is always more which can be done to support patients and staff– but these figures show that the Scottish Government’s investment in our NHS is continuing to deliver for local people.
“That’s why I will continue to work with my colleagues in the government, getting the best deal for our local health service, instead of using our treasured NHS for electioneering purposes.”
Wearing his daffodil with pride, George lent his support to Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal at the Scottish Parliament on 4 March.
George met staff and heard about the work of the charity that cares for terminally ill people and their families across Scotland. He posed with a placard pledging support for people with a terminal illness.
The Great Daffodil Appeal is Marie Curie’s biggest fundraiser, which encourages everyone to give a donation and wear a daffodil pin in March. The money raised will help Marie Curie Nurses to provide more free care to local people with terminal illnesses in their own homes and in the two Scottish Marie Curie Hospices in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
George said: “Cancer affects all of us in some way at some point in our lives, but how we care for people in their hour of need defines us. Marie Curie staff are the ones at the front line caring for our friends and family when they are dealing with this horrible illness. I have proudly worn my daffodil this week to highlight my support for Marie Curie. I recently took part in my second firewalk raising funds for Marie Curie, organised by fantastic local fundraisers. Some of them, Julie McGuire, Jayne Evans and Lynn Wilson made the journey through to the Scottish Parliament this week to support #daffodilappeal. Marie Curie is truly a charity to be proud of and I look forward to continuing to promote their great work in the future.”
Richard Meade, Head of Policy and Public Affairs Scotland said: “It’s thanks to the support of MSPs such as George we can spread the word about the Great Daffodil Appeal and raise vital funds to support terminally ill people in Scotland. Every March millions of people across the UK support our biggest fundraising campaign and it’s easy to join in, simply give a donation and wear your daffodil pin. With the support of the Scottish Parliament Scotland will lead the way in caring for people with a terminal illness.”
To find out how you can get involved in the Great Daffodil Appeal visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil or call 0845 601 3107
Marie Curie is the leading charity providing care to people with any terminal illness in their own homes or in one of its nine hospices. The charity is also a leader in research into the best ways of caring for people with a terminal illness. In addition to this the charity designs and advises on end of life services and works to ensure that the best possible care and patient choice is at the heart of commissioning end of life care across the UK. All Marie Curie services are completely free of charge. Around 70% of the charity’s income comes from donations with the balance of funds coming from the NHS.
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The Great Daffodil Appeal
The Great Daffodil Appeal is Marie Curie’s biggest fundraising campaign and encourages everyone to give a donation and wear one of the charity’s daffodil pins during March.
Since the first Great Daffodil Appeal took place in 1986, more than £70 million has been raised to fund the charity’s work. This money has enabled Marie Curie to provide more of the free hands-on care and emotional support the charity is renowned for. Daffodil pins will be available from volunteer collectors, local shops and supermarkets. For more information call 0845 601 3107 (local rate) or visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil.
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Paisley’s MSP George Adam along with his SNP MSP colleague have pledged to fight to protect Scotland’s NHS by calling on David Cameron to use his veto to protect the NHS from the effects of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
George, along with his SNP colleagues signed up The People’s NHS campaign which demands that David Cameron exempts the NHS for the EU-US trade agreement, known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, and that David Cameron commits to using his veto of the agreement should this exemption not be granted.
Commenting, George said:
“Protecting the NHS is rightly one of the most important priorities of people in Scotland and the duty we have to protect it is something the SNP takes extremely seriously.
“That is why SNP MSPs have pledged that if TTIP does not explicitly exempt the NHS from the agreement, then we will call on the Prime Minister to veto the agreement.
“Scotland’s NHS as a publicly owned and operated institution is too important to be put at risk from TTIP. It must be protected and the SNP will always do everything in our power to ensure that happens.
“In May, the people of Scotland have a wonderful opportunity to secure meaningful influence and power in Westminster. Every SNP vote is a vote for a party that only has one key goal – to best represent the people of Scotland. So the more SNP seats there are, the more we’ll be able to ensure that Westminster does not lose sight of the things that are most important – starting with the NHS.
“Protecting Scotland’s NHS is at the heart of our Westminster campaign. SNP MPs in a hung Parliament will use their clout to protect our budget from Westminster’s agenda of austerity, patient charging and privatisation.
“Protecting Scotland’s NHS will always be our priority and I will be proud to sign this pledge today.”
All 32 Local Authorities Sign up to Scottish Government Plan
The SNP has welcomed today’s announcement that each of Scotland’s 32 local authorities has signed up to the deal proposed by the Scottish Government to safeguard the number of teachers.
As announced by the First Minister today, an agreement has been reached for councils to maintain teacher numbers and their pupil-teacher ratio for next year at 2014/15 levels – supported by a £51m package of support from the Scottish Government.
This comes on the day that a poll shows that the SNP is by far the most trusted party to safeguard the future of Scotland’s education system – outstripping Labour by more than two-to-one.
Commenting, SNP MSP George Adam said:
“This is excellent news for both teachers and families across the country – having quality teachers in our classrooms is one of the best ways to ensure our children have the best start in life and this agreement will protect teacher numbers across country.
“The SNP has an excellent record on education – with exam results standing at a record high, investing even more in tackling the attainment gap to ensure our least advantaged children have the opportunities they deserve and now securing teacher numbers in every local authority area in Scotland. This is exactly why people in Scotland trust the SNP with our education system more than each of the other parties put together.
“And while we are clear that there is more to be done to ensure every child in Scotland has the first-class education system they deserve – parents across the country can be assured that the SNP will work tirelessly to continue to protect and improve our education system.”
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New figures showing that UCAS applications by students in Scotland have reached record levels – highlighting the importance of the SNP’s commitment to free education.
A record high of 40,850 Scottish domiciled students have applied to study at a higher education institution in Scotland next year.
One of the SNP’s first acts on taking office was to abolish backdoor tuition fees, restoring the principle of education based on the ability to learn, not the ability to pay in Scotland.
Commenting, SNP MSP George Adam said:
“The fact that UCAS applications have reached record levels is a fantastic testament to the SNP’s efforts to ensure that students do not face barriers to their education.
“The abolition of tuition fees is one of the biggest achievements of the SNP Government and we remain utterly committed to protecting free education in Scotland.
“While Labour and the LibDems were happy to see students pay for their education and students south of the border face fees of up to £9000 per year, it is only the SNP that has been consistently on the side of students in Scotland.”
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Paisley MSP George Adam has called for St Mirren Park to be used in a pilot scheme to bring booze back to football.
The Saints fan has asked Minister for Sport Jamie Hepburn if the SPFL club could be used in a trial to examine the re-introduction of selling alcohol at matches.
And he has backing from St Mirren chief executive Brian Caldwell.
Since 1980, alcohol has been banned from Scottish grounds but Mr Adam believes the time could have come to ease restrictions.
But growing moves have been made to the reverse the ban.
Mr Adam said: “I like having a pint before the game on a Saturday and why should the presumption be that I will misbehave if I do?
“We also need to think about the financial aspect … lifting the ban could give clubs a much-needed financial boost.
“We do need to have a good look at this issue again, in an informed and considered manner.
“I will work with any interested party looking to take this matter forward and I have written to the head of Police Scotland and the SPFL asking for their views at this stage.”
Mr Adam pointed out the recent success of a free Fans’ Zone at St Mirren Park last month, which was attended by 200 adults and children before a match against Motherwell.
He added: “A marquee was erected in the car park, kids were able to kick a ball about and play computer games, while adults were able to enjoy a drink and listen to live music.
“It was a great atmosphere and proof that alcohol can be consumed at the ground before a game.
“Since the ban back in 1980, the game has changed dramatically as has the modern stadium.
“All Scottish Premiership grounds are now all-seater, have expensive security and CCTV systems monitoring the crowd and more importantly, gone are the days of the running battles in the streets before and after games.
“Were these fights even fuelled by alcohol, or were they just a product of their time?
“I choose now to put faith in the football fan, like we do with rugby fans across our nation.”
The initial response from Mr Hepburn was that – after seeking advice from Police Scotland – the Scottish Government is not leaning towards to lift the ban.
But, according to Saints chief executive Brian Caldwell, the Fans’ Zone initiative shows what can be achieved if it’s handled in the right way.
He said: “We have the newest stadium in Scottish football and have no pubs in close proximity, therefore to have the option to segregate and allow supporters to come to the stadium early and enjoy a drink would be a positive move and be a no-brainer for our club and both sets of supporters.
“The Fans’ Zone was extremely successful and all those attending enjoyed coming to the stadium early in a family environment and enjoying a few pre-match drinks.
“Stadiums have better facilities than ever before, with so many modern stadia and this has worked for rugby, the Commonwealth Games and other sporting events in Scotland, as well as for football and other sporting events in England and many other countries around the world.
“Now is the time to run a pilot and we would be happy to be involved with the new facilities we have in Paisley.”
For the last week, 4th year pupil Gleniffer High pupil Murray Pattison has joined the team at Paisley’s Parliamentary Office to undertake his work experience. With 15 year old Murray’s interest in politics, heightened by the recently referendum debate, he contacted George to see if he could spend the week learning about how a busy constituency office operates.
Speaking about his time with Team Paisley, Murray commented, “I have spent the last week in George Adam MSP’s office and it’s been a blast. I’ve contributed in a range of different activities from helping with casework to getting relevant information for George’s speeches. On Wednesday I had the privilege of visiting the Scottish Parliament building (although getting up at half 5 wasn’t as fun!).
‘I was shocked at its beautiful irregular design during my tour and I enjoyed experiencing the budget debate where the Cabinet Secretary for Finance John Swinney gave his plan for setting the new property tax, replacing stamp duty. I felt very proud to have witnessed this.
‘At the parliament building I met George’s lovely wife, Stacey, and I had an all-round great time. All in all I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at the office and parliament.”
George commented on Murray’s stay: “I was delighted to welcome another pupil to my office to undertake their work experience, the first from Gleniffer High School. Having Murray in the office gave him valuable experience regarding the inner working of a busy office right in the centre of Paisley.
‘He tells me he gained a new insight into politics, enhanced further with his day of work through in Edinburgh. I would like to thank Murray for his hard work throughout the week, the interesting debates we have had and wish him well in the future. Who knows, we could have a future Alex Salmond on our hands!”