North East Liberal Democrats call for safety review of busy AWRP junctions

Local Liberal Democrat candidate for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine John Waddell and North East Liberal Democrat MSP Mike Rumbles have written a joint letter to the Scottish Government’s transport secretary calling for a full review of safety on the AWPR, especially for busy junctions such as the one at Westhill.

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Rumbles welcomes changes to organ donation bill, as it is voted through the Scottish Parliament

Speaking in the final debate on the Scottish Government’s Human Tissue (Authorisation) (Scotland) Bill today, North East Liberal Democrat MSP Mike Rumbles thanked the public health minister for working constructively with him to make changes to the Bill that will help protect people who do not wish to donate their organs after they have died.  

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Farm income falls by £57m in 2018

Farm income in Scotland has fallen from £729 million in 2017 to £672 million in 2018, according to agricultural figures published by the Scottish Government today. Confirming draft figures published by the Office of National Statistics in January.

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3 out of 10 chronic pain patients in Scotland waiting too long for treatment are in NHS Grampian

189 of 653 patients still waiting for their first appointment at a chronic pain clinic, after more than 18 weeks, in Scotland fall under NHS Grampian. According to figures for the first quarter of 2019, published today by NHS Scotland’s Information Services Division.

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Immediate action needed to protect our town and village centres

Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine John Waddell is calling on the Scottish and UK ministers to take radical new steps to protect high street retail in rural communities, by promoting shared business hubs for vital services.

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NHS Grampian still among worst for cancelling operations

North East Liberal Democrat MSP, Mike Rumbles, has once again called on the Scottish Government to provide NHS Grampian with its fair share of resources. Statistics revealed today by the Information Services Division show NHS Grampian is still among the worst for cancelled operations due to non-clinical reasons.

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SNP bus stop tax rakes in £760,000

Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has today revealed new figures showing that councils and bus operators spent more than three quarters of a million pounds paying non-domestic rates bills for bus shelters in 2018-19, warning the SNP Government’s “Bus Stop Tax” was discouraging local authorities from investing in facilities.

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CabSec under pressure after a huge increase in Scotrail compensation claims

The Scottish Government’s transport secretary was in difficulty during a session of Topical Questions in the Scottish Parliament today, after it was revealed that Scotrail has seen a 72.8% increase in the amount of compensation being paid to customers, topping £1,119,818 for 2018/19.

 

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Scotrail see 73% increase to over £1m in compensation for delayed journeys

In answer to a question lodged by Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP, the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Transport has admitted that Scotrail was forced to pay delayed passengers £1,119,818 in compensation, in 2018/19, up 72.8% from £647,670 in 2017/18.

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27,000 Grampian patients failed by Scot. Govt’s abysmal record on Treatment Time Guarantee

North East Liberal Democrat MSP Mike Rumbles has shamed the Scottish Government for forcing 26,999 patients in NHS Grampian to wait over 12 weeks for treatment, after a decade of underfunding totalling more than £239 million.

 

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