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Tories call for investment in NHS appointment text messaging service

Nanette Milne, Scottish Conservative Public Health Spokesman has called on the SNP Scottish Government to support the development of an NHS appointment text messaging service.Nanette Milne, Scottish Conservative Public Health Spokesman said:“A number of pilots have already been undertaken by a number of GP practices, using text messaging to help to reduce the number of missed appointments and to help patients to manage their healthcare.

MSP calls for new standards for dog electric shock collars

Nanette Milne, Scottish Conservative MSP for the North East has called on the Scottish Government to back better regulation of dog electric shock collars.Speaking in a Members Debate in the Scottish Parliament on the issue.Nanette Milne, Scottish Conservative MSP for the North East said:“It is clear from the various debates which we have held in this Parliament recently that there are a number of important issues relating to dog welfare and the responsible ownership of dogs in Scotland, and I would like to thank the many organisations who have provided briefings for us, including the Kennel Club, Dogs Trust, and One Kind.

MSP seeks Government review of the provision of child psychiatric beds in Scotland

Nanette Milne, Scottish Conservative MSP for the North East has called on First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to undertake a review of the provision of child psychiatric beds in Scotland.The North East MSP who will meet with new Cabinet Secretary, Shona Robison has also called for clarity whether any young people with mental health problems have ever been admitted into a young offenders institution for treatment. 

Nanette Milne MSP vows to help charity tackle prostate cancer injustices

Nanette Milne MSP has pledged to support Prostate Cancer UK in its ongoing drive to eradicate the injustices faced by men with, and at risk of, prostate cancer in Scotland. Despite being the most common male cancer, men continue to face a number of injustices surrounding awareness, treatments and support, geography, age, and ethnicity. 

It's hands up for the volunteer trustees

The National Body for Volunteering, Volunteer Scotland, is celebrating the diversity of volunteers during its 30th Anniversary Year by joining with Members of the Scottish Parliament to promote the value of volunteers during Trustees’ Week in Scotland, which takes place 10th till the 16th November. Trustees’ Week is an annual event each November recognising the difference thousands of volunteer trustees make across Scotland. And this year marks three decades of promoting the value and worth of volunteers as Volunteer Scotland celebrates its 30th anniversary as the national body for volunteering.

MSP calls for additional information for oil and gas workers

Nanette Milne, Scottish Conservative MSP for the North East and Shadow Minister for Public Health has called on the Scottish Government to outline what precautions are in place for oil and gas workers engaged in countries overseas affected by the Ebola virus when they return to the UK.

North East Conservatives hold annual one day Conference

North East Conservatives held their annual Conference at the Cults Hotel, Aberdeen on Saturday 25th October.  There was a packed lineup of speakers for the one day event including Lord Bates, Aberdeenshire Council Leader Jim Gifford, Scottish Conservative Leader Ruth Davidson MSP, Dr Ian Duncan MEP, Conservative Future.  All spoke about the opportunities for the Scottish Conservatives here in the North East of Scotland.

MSP backs calls for Scotland to be most accessible tourist destination in Europe

Nanette Milne, Scottish Conservative MSP for the North East and Shadow Minister for Public Health speaking in the Scottish Government Debate on Accessible Tourism has backed calls for Scotland to be most accessible tourist destination in Europe.Nanette Milne, Scottish Conservative MSP for the North East and Shadow Minister for Public Health said: “We all know that tourism is a major contributor to Scotland’s economy, but I confess I was not aware until preparing for the debate of the very considerable contribution of accessible tourism within that. This amounted to more than £325 million as far back as 2009, a figure which has the potential to grow very significantly with improved infrastructure, services and attitudes towards travellers with special access needs, because the accessible tourism market encompasses not only people with permanent disabilities, but also families with young children and an increasing number of senior travellers.

NHS Grampian misses key cancer treatment target

NHS Grampian has missed a crucial target for treating cancer, despite a support team being put in place in March to help health boards meet the SNP pledge. According to the latest figures, during April to June 2014, 89.7 per cent of patients were treated within the target period, the worst result across Scotland. The SNP want 95 per cent of patients suspected of having cancer, and referred to hospital, to be treated within 62 days of referral.