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Nurse Numbers falling in NHS Fife

Information released by the Scottish Government has detailed a substantial decline in Nurses working in NHS Fife since 2010. In September 2010 there were 3875 nurses working in hospitals and health centres in Fife, however by September 2012 that number had fallen to 3707; a drop of 168. Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP Murdo Fraser is concerned that decreasing headcount numbers will result in poorer standards and lower staff morale.

SNP scaremongering over future of Crown Post Offices branches in Perth and Alloa

Liz Smith MSP has accused SNP MPs of scaremongering over the future of Crown Post Offices branches in Perth and Alloa. The move comes following the comments issues by Angus MP, Mike Weir, who stated that the Post Offices modernisation programme would be “another stage in the dismantling of the Post Office network”.

SNP scaremongering over future of Crown Post Offices branches in Perth and Alloa

Liz Smith MSP has accused SNP MPs of scaremongering over the future of Crown Post Offices branches in Perth and Alloa. The move comes following the comments issues by Angus MP, Mike Weir, who stated that the Post Offices modernisation programme would be “another stage in the dismantling of the Post Office network”.

Administrative Costs Keep Rising at NHS Tayside

Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP Murdo Fraser has questioned the rising administrative costs in NHS Tayside. Whilst the majority of NHS boards are trying to control behind the scenes spending, costs in NHS Tayside have spiralled since the SNP came to power in 2007. In 2006/7 NHS Tayside spent £51 million on administration, last year the equivalent figure was over £65 million. There is a growing concern that frontline care spending is being short-changed at the behest of administrative expenses.

Murdo tackles SNP’s Human Rights Record

Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP Murdo Fraser used his time in a Scottish Government debate to question Alex Salmond’s record on human rights. In a series of remarks, the Conservative Member highlighted the First Minister’s missed opportunities when visiting China and Qatar.

Postal Changes for Perth

Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP Murdo Fraser has asked the Royal Mail to clarify information regarding changes to the delivery schedule in Perth’s PH1, PH2 and Ph14 postcodes.The Royal Mail has indicated that in some instances residents will receive their mail later than the current service. The majority of households will feel no effect however small businesses receiving mail later in the day could face problems.

Atholl Street Scotland’s Sixth Most Polluted Road

A ‘Friends of the Earth’ survey has named Atholl Street in Perth as Scotland’s sixth most polluted road. When measured for nitrogen dioxide Atholl Street was 15.5 microgrammes over the European standard. Nitrogen dioxide can irritate the airways of the lungs and increase the symptoms of lung diseases. Fine particles can also cause inflammation and even worsen lung and heart problems.

Red Tape Could be Hitting Agriculture

Figures released by the Scottish Government have shown that farm incomes have dropped by 15% in the last year with an £111m drop in revenue from 2011 figures. Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP Murdo Fraser believes that poor weather coupled with increasing regulation is beginning to hurt farmers. Since 2007, the SNP have added more than 50 new regulations to govern farming.

Scottish Tourism Week

Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP Murdo Fraser has sponsored the Scottish Tourism Alliance’s MSP sign-up sheet at the Scottish Parliament this week. The Conservative member is a long-time supporter of Scottish Tourism week and in recent years has witnessed the event go from strength to strength. Scottish Tourism Week runs between the 5th and 13th of March and is an intensive week of activity aimed to increase awareness of the vital contribution Scottish tourism makes to the Scottish economy.

Murdo Fraser Champions Pop-Up Shops

Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP Murdo Fraser has urged the Scottish Government to relax regulations and allow Pop-Up shops to flourish in abandoned retail space. Experts predict that up to a fifth of all UK shop space will lie empty within the next year as slower consumption begins to bite. Last year the UK Parliament finished a consultation process aimed at relaxing the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987. This will result in shops changing their use class for a period of two years without seeking planning permission.  The Scottish Government currently has no plans to amend the equivalent legislation north of the border, (Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) (Scotland) Order 1997). Pop-Up shops allow large and small retailers to set up without the burden of long-term contracts.