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On Wednesday I asked the Scottish Government what support is available for major projects driving the North East’s tourism sector, following the announcement in July that completion of the Aberdeen Harbour project had been delayed until 2022. Fergus Ewing, the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Tourism, expressed confidence that the delays could be overcome and the project may be completed by as early as next year. The harbour project will be a key driver of growth for the hard-hit tourism and hospitality sectors in Aberdeen and throughout the North East and I will continue to push for this project to be completed on time.
Yesterday I asked Nicola Sturgeon for her government’s response to shocking crime statistics showing that attacks on emergency workers have increased by 6 percent on the previous year and occur at a rate of over 20 a day. Emergency workers put their own safety on the line every day and it is appalling that they receive this kind of treatment. This rise has occurred on the watch of an SNP government that operates a soft-touch justice system and the consequences for those who attack brave emergency workers have to be more serious.
Every year international organisations mark World Mental Health Day and this year it falls on Saturday 10 October. Mental health problems affect one in four people in Scotland and I know that many people are struggling in these uncertain times. If you or anyone you know is struggling with their mental health, please visit the Scottish Association for Mental Health website for more information on advice, support and resources
As always, please let me know if there is anything I can help with.
Liam Kerr MSP: Soft touch SNP are letting down our Emergency Workers
Alex Burnett MSP raises concerns with this year’s Flu vaccination programme
I know many people are facing difficulty trying to get their flu jab this year and are feeling more and more concerned as we get closer to winter.
Whilst some people have not received their appointment letters, others are receiving their letters after their scheduled appointment was meant to have taken place.
On top of this, the helpline is reportedly constantly engaged and people are receiving an automatic response to their emails stating that a response cannot be guaranteed within 48 hours. This is very distressing to those waiting for their appointment, many of whom are on the shielding list and would like to receive their vaccine as soon as possible.
NHS Grampian are aware of these issues, and I have been asked to direct people to their website: https://www.fluvaxgrampian.com/.
I have also written to the Health Secretary to urge the Scottish Government to address the issues with this year’s vaccination programme so that people do not lose out due to high demand.
It is vital that people who eligible get their flu jab this year. Our elderly and most at risk to coronavirus should not have to suffer due to the failures of the Scottish Government’s new system.
As ever, if there is anything you think I should be working on or holding the SNP to account on, please do not hesitate to contact me.