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Month: January 2017

Access to Kadcyla

Access to Kadcyla

There are different drug licencing processes in Scotland and England and matters such as the access to drugs are within the responsibility of the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Medicines Council (SMC).   While Kadclya was not approved by the SMC, the SNP Scottish Government have substantially increased access to new medicines, particularly for cancer, due to reforms and investment in recent years. They have introduced the New Medicines Fund, which provides financial support to NHS Boards for End of…

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Debate on Nursing Pay

Debate on Nursing Pay

The responsibility for health matters – including NHS pay – is devolved and within the responsibility of the Scottish Parliament. However, I understand how important the nursing profession is to the wider community in Scotland and the tireless work they do in ensuring the NHS continues to be a success.   Against the background of substantial cuts in Scotland’s budget from Westminster, the SNP Scottish Government will continue to give NHS staff in Scotland a better deal than in other…

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MORE BREXIT BOMBSHELLS

MORE BREXIT BOMBSHELLS

Tories’ Vision of Brexit Damaging for UK The Supreme Court has ruled and Parliament will have a vote on triggering Article 50.The UK Government will also publish a white paper outlining their Brexit proposals, but local MP Martin Docherty-Hughes says that with each revelation it becomes apparent, “just how damaging the Tories’ vision of Brexit is going to be”, for the UK as a whole and Scotland in particular. Last Tuesday, to the surprise of the Health Select Committee, Jeremy…

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MP CONDEMNS TORY PLANS TO CLOSE LOCAL JOB CENTRE

MP CONDEMNS TORY PLANS TO CLOSE LOCAL JOB CENTRE

Please Sign the Petition at the Foot of This Page     SNP MP Martin Docherty-Hughes has condemned the UK government for “unacceptable and dangerous” proposal to shut the Alexandria Job Centre, transferring services to Dumbarton. The DWP has been guilty of taking a callous and ideological approach to welfare since the Tories took office in 2010, and shows no signs of letting up – this latest closure comes on the back of plans to close 8 of Glasgow’s 16…

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MARTIN DOCHERTY-HUGHES MP TO HOST ENERGY ADVICE SURGERY

MARTIN DOCHERTY-HUGHES MP TO HOST ENERGY ADVICE SURGERY

MP for West Dunbartonshire Martin-Docherty-Hughes will be hosting an energy advice surgery later this month for local residents looking to save money on their heating bills. The event will be held from 12pm to 2pm on 27 January at the John Connolly Centre in Renton and has been organised to help people who are struggling to heat their homes during the cold winter weather. Representatives from Home Energy Scotland and West Dunbartonshire Citizens Advice Bureau will be on-hand to offer…

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Finn’s Law (Sentences for Cruelty Against Service Animals)

Finn’s Law (Sentences for Cruelty Against Service Animals)

Animal welfare is a matter which is devolved to the Scottish Parliament. The SNP value the vital work that police and other service animals do every day to keep our communities safe.  The Scottish Government are committed to protecting animals and will continue to legislate to improve the welfare of animals.   Penalties for animal cruelty in Scotland are set out in the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 in the section on offences and penalties. Anyone found guilty…

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DWP Policies and Low-income Households

DWP Policies and Low-income Households

  The SNP moved the following motion in the House of Commons on Tuesday evening: “That this House is concerned at the impact of policies pursued by the Department for Work and Pensions upon low-income households; notes the negative impact on those with low-incomes disclosed in the roll-out of Universal Credit; expresses concerns about cuts to Work Allowances under Universal Credit; believes that the closure of JobCentre offices in Glasgow and other areas will create difficulties for many people in…

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UNSC 2334 – Israeli Settlements

UNSC 2334 – Israeli Settlements

I am proud to represent so many people in Scotland who care deeply about the peoples of the Middle East and in finding peaceful resolution to the conflict in the region. My SNP colleagues and I fully support the European Union position of a two-state solution. We firmly encourage Israel and Palestine to reach a sustainable, negotiated settlement under international law, based on mutual recognition and the determination to coexist peacefully. My SNP colleagues and I have consistently condemned obstacles…

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