Minister fails to recognise that underfunding has contributed to staff absence and poor performance in NHS Grampian

In a surprise response to North East MSP Mike Rumbles, the Minister for Health blamed ‘significant staff absences’ over the past year for NHS Grampian’s poor performance on waiting times and treating chronic pain disorders. In another answer to the Liberal Democrat MSP the Cabinet Secretary for Health blamed the challenges on living in a rural part of Scotland.

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Rumbles highlights forestry power grab defeat

Liberal Democrat rural affairs spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has today applauded cross-party efforts which saw the Scottish Government defeated in its attempt to place extensive powers on forestry directly under Ministerial control.

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Rail strategy shows SNP lack will power

Commenting on the Scottish Government’s new ‘Rail investment strategy for next decade’, North East MSP and Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles said:

“The SNP have made a lot of big promises for rail over their eleven years in office. But in reality communities, particularly in the North and North East, have seen very few of those improvements delivered.

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Rumbles reveals 700 peak seats lost due to delays delivering new trains

Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP today revealed that more than 700 peak-time seats have been lost on the main Edinburgh-Glasgow line due to delays in rolling out the new fleet and the lease of existing trains expiring in the meantime.

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MSP toasts the mouth-watering work of local distillers

North East Liberal Democrat MSP Mike Rumbles enjoyed a taster on a behind the scenes visit to specialist gin and absinthe producers Lost Loch Distillery on Deeside, this week.


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MSP calls on Transport Minister to back councillors campaigning to save local bus service

Dundee Councillor Craig Duncan and Angus Councillor Ben Lawrie have launched a campaign to save a vital bus service in Monifieth and Broughty Ferry. North East MSP Mike Rumbles is backing the campaign and has written to Scottish Transport Minister Humza Yousaf calling for action to assist local councils to save vital bus links for communities across the region.


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Rumbles calls for rates exemption for AECC

North East Liberal Democrat MSP Mike Rumbles has backed calls for the Scottish Government to provide business rates relief for the new £333 million Exhibition and Conference Centre in Aberdeen, on grounds that it will provide a significant economic boost to the area.

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Minister refuses to admit harm to patients caused by underfunding of NHS Grampian

Despite a grilling from Mike Rumbles MSP in the Scottish Parliament today, the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Health has refused to acknowledge that 10 years of underfunding for NHS Grampian has contributed to the local health board’s failure to treat hundreds of patients with chronic pain disorders.   


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Proposed ‘adventure centre’ is economic opportunity for Aberdeenshire

North East Liberal Democrat MSP Mike Rumbles has welcomed a proposed £10million project to build a new adventure centre in Aberdeenshire.

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