Over 2 million hours lost to staff illness in the North East last year

Figures revealed by the Scottish Liberal Democrats show that 1.1million working hours were lost in NHS Grampian and 1million in NHS Tayside due to staff illness in 2016/17. A total of 8.8millon hours have been lost since 2013/14.

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Rumbles condemns SNP government for 14, 700 North East University Students seeking financial support

Mike Rumbles Liberal Democrat MSP for the North East announced today that thousands of students from four North East Universities are struggling to make ends meet, having sought financial support.

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Scottish Government about-turn on coastal erosion research excellent news for Montrose

Under pressure from North East MSPs, the council and local businesses the Scottish Government have agreed to carry out new research into the erosion of coastline around Montrose.

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Supply teachers cost North East schools £11 million last year

North East MSP Mike Rumbles is calling on the Scottish Government to rethink teachers’ pay and conditions after figures show that local authorities in the North East spent over £11 million on supply staff in 2016/17.

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North East Liberal Democrats call for a meeting with RBS chief over branch closures

The campaign to save local branches of the Royal Bank of Scotland in Aberdeenshire is not over, according to Liberal Democrats Mike Rumbles MSP and Councillors Anne Stirling, Isobel Davidson and John Latham, who have called for a meeting with the bank’s CEO of Personal Banking.  

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1 in 8 patients forced to wait more than 4 hours in NHS Grampian A&E over Christmas

North East MSP Mike Rumbles has highlighted the human cost of NHS Grampian underfunding after ISD figures released today show that dozens of patients were left waiting at Accident & Emergency units over the Christmas period.

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Parliamentary library confirms Scottish Government will miss its broadband target

Figures provided through the Scottish Parliament's own independent research library (SPICe) has confirmed that the Scottish Government will fail to deliver its own target of 95% coverage of access to superfast broadband, by 31st December 2017, despite what the Cabinet Secretary told Parliament earlier this week. 

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Minister unconcerned by budget cuts to rural economy department

In an exchange of views in the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee, this morning, the Cabinet Secretary told Mike Rumbles MSP that the fact that his department of government is the only one to see a cash terms cut from this year’s budget is not a matter for him but for the Finance Minister.

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Minister has no intention of delivering superfast speeds to every home

The Cabinet Secretary for Connectivity, today, confirmed that the Scottish Government’s superfast broadband programme will not guarantee superfast (24mbps) internet to every home in Scotland.

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Funding gap widens for NHS Grampian

The Scottish Government’s Finance Minister has confirmed, in the budget today, that instead of closing the funding gap for NHS Grampian the local health board will see only a 1.9% increase in cash terms, opposed to an increase of 2.7% for Scotland as a whole. 

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