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NHS Tayside needs to start listening on plans to cut emergency surgery from Perth Royal Infirmary

Liz Smith, Scottish Conservative MSP for Mid Scotland & Fife has called on NHS Tayside to start listening and scrap plans to cut emergency surgery from Perth Royal Infirmary. The Perthshire based MSP has been leading the campaign to save emergency surgery at Perth Royal Infirmary. Speaking following the urgent meeting with NHS Tayside and Perthshire and Kinross-shire elected representatives.

Wind Farm Subsidies Place More residents in Fuel Poverty

In a Scottish Government debate on fuel poverty Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP Murdo Fraser has slammed the role of SNP wind farm subsidies in aggravating fuel poverty.  Generous grants awarded to wind farm developers have pushed electricity costs through the roof leaving Scotland with some of the highest energy bills in Europe. Energy bills are rising faster than inflation and wages are struggling to keep up which has resulted in nearly 30% of Scottish residents being left in fuel poverty. Energy Action Scotland claim the figure could be as high as 40%. 

MSP calls on NHS to scrap cuts to emergency surgery services at Perth Royal Infirmary

 Following the concerns elations that cuts to emergency surgery at Perth Royal Infirmary Liz Smith, Scottish Conservative MSP for Mid Scotland & Fife has called on NHS Tayside to scrap its plans to cut emergency surgery services at Perth Royal Infirmary. Over the weekend Liz Smith MSP has been contacted by many constituents and by several medical staff who have expressed deep concern at the impact which the proposal to cut emergency surgery services at Perth Royal Infirmary will have on the future of other services and the hospital.  The Perthshire based MSP requested an urgent meeting with NHS Tayside and Perthshire and Kinross-shire elected representatives. The meeting will take place on Friday (25/01/2013).

Protect Store Gift Vouchers

Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP Murdo Fraser has called for the protection of retail gift vouchers in the event of administration. ATOL [Air Travel Organisers Licence] protected holidays ensure holidaymakers receive a full refund in the event of a travel agent or booking partner going bust. Travel firms selling air holiday packages must have an ATOL. Before an ATOL is issued the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) checks firms, thereby reducing the risk of failure. It also requires firms to pay into the CAA’s financial guarantee scheme. This provides money to protect customers. If a tour operator were to fail, the CAA will make a refund to the customer, or if they are abroad will arrange for them finish their holiday and fly home.

Amazon Make Jobs Permanent

Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP Murdo Fraser has commended Amazon for giving 300 temporary workers permanent contracts. Just over 640 staff work at the Dunfermline distribution facility with another 100 jobs planned for the near future. Before Christmas Murdo urged Amazon to make good on their initial promise to employ over 700 people in Dunfermline. Nationally the online shopping giant plans another two UK centres creating a further 2000 jobs.

MSP encourages local communities to apply for Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund

 Liz Smith, Scottish Conservative MSP for Mid Scotland & Fife has welcomed the establishment of the Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund. The Mid Scotland & Fife MSP is encouraging local community councils and community groups to submit applications to the fund which will allow communities across Scotland to carry out maintenance of memorials as part of the 100th anniversary of the First World War.There are estimated to be between 5,000 to 6,000 memorials to the war dead across Scotland.

Murdo Fraser MSP Urges Caution on Icy Roads

Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP Murdo Fraser has called on motorists to take care whilst driving in Perthshire during the recent cold snap. With ice, snow and blizzard conditions predicted for much of Scotland and Perthshire, drivers must exercise caution whilst on the roads.  So far gritters and snow ploughs have coped admirably with the first serious snow of winter, however resources will be tested further if the snowy weather continues.

MSP highlights opportunity for free insulation

The multi-agency scheme will provide free loft and cavity wall insulation to residents who want to make their homes more energy efficient and reduce energy consumption.The initiative is being delivered by Perth & Kinross Council in conjunction with SCARF (Save Energy and Reduce Fuel) and the Scottish Government.Loft insulation and cavity wall insulation will help householders improve energy efficiency within their homes. UHIS is a free service and is not means-tested, meaning all homeowners can apply.The deadline for applications is Thursday 28 February, and the free loft and cavity wall insulation will be awarded on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

MSP calls on NHS to scrap cuts to emergency surgery services at Perth Royal Infirmary

 Liz Smith, Scottish Conservative MSP for Mid Scotland & Fife has called on NHS Tayside to scrap its plans to cut emergency surgery services at Perth Royal Infirmary. Over the weekend Liz Smith MSP has been contacted by many constituents and by several medical staff who have expressed deep concern at the impact which the proposal to cut emergency surgery services at Perth Royal Infirmary will have on the future of other services and the hospital.  The Perthshire based MSP requested an urgent meeting with NHS Tayside and Perthshire and Kinross-shire elected representatives. The meeting will take place on Friday (25/01/2013).

MSP welcomes Cabinet Secretary for Health assurance on emergency surgery at PRI

 Liz Smith, Scottish Conservative MSP for Mid Scotland & Fife has welcomed the assurance from the Cabinet Secretary for Health Wellbeing, Alex Neil MSP that no decision has yet been taken on any change to emergency surgery services at Perth Royal Infirmary. The Perthshire based MSP requested an urgent meeting with NHS Tayside and Perthshire and Kinross-shire elected representatives. The meeting will take place next Friday (25/01/2013).