COATBRIDGE AND CHRYSTON MSP WELCOMES NEW TREATMENT OPTION FOR MESH REMOVAL

WOMEN IN COATBRIDGE AND CHRYSTON NOW OFFERED MESH REMOVAL SURGERY IN THE US

Coatbridge & Chryston MSP has welcomed the news that women in Scotland who require the surgical removal of mesh implants are to be offered surgery in the US as a potential treatment course.

Women in Scotland now have the option to request for referral to one of two independent providers for mesh removal surgery. The Scottish Government has announced a contract has been agreed between the NHS and Gynaecologic and Reconstructive Surgery Ltd in Missouri, USA, where Dr Veronikis practices. The contract allows NHS Scotland to facilitate arrangements for those who wish to travel to the USA for mesh removal surgery.

This option is in addition to the treatment options currently being offered with Spire Healthcare in Bristol and the Complex Pelvic Mesh Removal Service in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (GGC). Each of these options will be available free of charge.

Commenting SNP MSP for Coatbridge & Chryston, Fulton MacGregor, said:

“I am delighted that the Scottish Government has acted to ensure that women in Coatbridge & Chryston seeking mesh removal surgery can access the surgery they need.

“Many women have suffered an unimaginable amount of pain due to complications as a result of transvaginal mesh implants and it is absolutely right the Scottish Government is doing all it can to ensure they now get the treatment that they want and need. This contract gives women access to Dr Veronikis’ services and adds to the range of free options for treatment including the service already available in NHS Scotland and a specialist NHS centre in England.

“I encourage anyone in Coatbridge & Chryston who would like a referral to any of these services to make their wishes known to their clinical team so they can access the best possible treatment for them as quickly as possible.”

£5,936,978 SPENT IN NORTH LANARKSHIRE PROTECTING HOUSEHOLDS FROM CRUEL TORY CUTS, INCLUDING BEDROOM TAX

£5,936,978 has been spent this year in North Lanarkshire mitigating cruel Tory cuts including the disgraceful bedroom tax.

In 2021/22 £5,936,978 was provided by the SNP Scottish Government in Discretionary Housing Payments to protect families from cuts, with £5,360,055 spent mitigating the impact of the cruel Tory bedroom tax in North Lanarkshire.

Across Scotland £82million has been used to mitigate Tory cuts, with £71m spent to protect households from the bedroom tax.

Commenting, SNP MSP Coatbridge & Chryston Fulton MacGregor said:

“The introduction of the bedroom tax has been one of the cruellest policies introduced by this UK Tory government as it targets the most vulnerable in our society.

“The SNP Scottish Government has spent millions across Scotland, including in Coatbridge & Chryston to protect households from the most devastating impacts of Tory cuts and policies. This is money that could be invested on pulling people out of poverty but instead the Scottish Government has to mitigate against the Tories pushing people further towards poverty.

“This demonstrates the tale of two governments facing the people of Scotland as we have one in London implementing cruel policies such as the bedroom tax, whereas we have one in Edinburgh investing in a social security system built on fairness, dignity and respect.

“However, the Scottish Government should not have to clean up the mess left by the Tories. That is why we must have the full powers of independence to build a fairer, more equal Scotland.”

RECORD HEALTH FUNDING OF £1,346.80 million FOR NHS LANARKSHIRE

NHS STAFF AT RECORD LEVELS WITH 4.72% INCREASE LAST YEAR

SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor has heralded the record health funding allocated to NHS Lanarkshire for the coming year and has said it demonstrates how only the SNP can be trusted to protect Scotland’s NHS.

The local health board has been given a record budget of £1,346.80 million for 2022/23 to recover after the dreadful impact of the pandemic.

To help with that recovery, NHS Lanarkshire also has record numbers of staff under the SNP, with 3170 Whole Time Equivalent staff, an increase of 34.2% compared to the previous year.

Commenting, SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor said:

“We always appreciate the hard work and dedication of our NHS staff at NHS Lanarkshire but never more so than over the past two years and the SNP Scottish Government has recognised that by providing them with record funding for 2022/23.

“This will go a long way in ensuring that NHS Lanarkshire is well on its way to recovery from the pandemic.

“In Scotland, we have the most well-funded NHS per person and the highest paid healthcare staff in the UK. The SNP Scottish Government recognised the hard work and effort of NHS workers by giving them the biggest pay rise in the history of devolution.

“It is only the SNP that can be trusted with the future of our health service. On May 5th people of North Lanarkshire can send a message that the future of our NHS cannot be trusted to the Tories.”

FRESH CALLS FOR TORY GOVT NOT TO RAISE NATIONAL INSURANCE FROM COATBRIDGE & CHRYSTON MSP

As warnings about the Tory cost of living crisis continue to grow, SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor has issued a fresh call for the UK government not to increase national insurance.

The MSP for Coatbridge and Chryston has said that ‘the Tories have a moral duty to urgently step in as household incomes are on course to collapse by the most since the mid-1970s.’ The fresh calls come after reports that the Russian war in Ukraine is adding to the intense pressures families face, as the price of oil and wholesale gas continues to soar.

Commenting SNP MSP for Coatbridge and Chryston, Fulton MacGregor said:

“The Tory cost-of-living crisis is hitting families across Coatbridge and Chryston hard right now and, if reports are right and the UK government refuses to take any proper action to tackle the issue, then it’s only going to get worse.

“Not only are the Tories not providing any measures to support households but they are breaking their own promises not to increase the rate of National Insurance contributions – gravely letting down people in Coatbridge and Chryston, who deserve far better.

“With reports showing that SNP policies are reducing the financial challenges facing families right now, it is ever more clear that the only way to deliver a fairer future for people across Coatbridge and Chryston is to become an independent country.”

9670 CHILDREN IN NORTH LANARKSHIRE BENEFITTING FROM ‘GAME CHANGING’ SCOTTISH CHILD PAYMENT

SNP MSP, Fulton MacGregor, has welcomed statistics out today which show that approximately 9570 children in North Lanarkshire are in receipt of the Scottish Government’s Scottish Child Payment, set to double to £20 per child per week in April.

The payment was introduced in 2021 to support low-income families with children aged under six by providing regular, additional financial support for families already in receipt of qualifying benefits to assist with the costs of caring for a child.

As of 31 December 2021, it is estimated that 104,000 children across Scotland were in receipt of Scottish Child Payment – equating to £45.2 million worth of payments by the Scottish Government – and that is expected to rise to over 400,000 eligible children by the end 2022 which is when the benefit will be extended to children under the age of 16.

Commenting SNP MSP for Coatbridge & Chryston, Fulton MacGregor said:

“I am delighted that 9670 children across North Lanarkshire are benefitting from the Scottish Child Payment which will double in just a month’s time.

“Come April, this means that 9670 children and families across North Lanarkshire receive £20 per child per week – four times the amount originally demanded by campaigners and illustrating just how focussed the Scottish Government is on meeting Scotland’s Child Poverty targets.

“Once again though, the tale of two governments is striking. While the SNP is doubling the Scottish Child Payment to lift thousands of children out of poverty, this game changing action is being undone by the Tories at Westminster who have cut £20 per week from many of the same families – knowingly pushing thousands of families into poverty.

“The people in North Lanarkshire deserve the chance to escape the damaging policies we get under Westminster control and choose a better path, one with the full powers that an independent Scotland would bring and allow us to build a fairer society.”

NORTH LANARKSHIRE RECEIVES £233,272 TO SUPPORT CARE EXPERIENCED FAMILIES

SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor has welcomed the news that North Lanarkshire will receive £233,272 to support care experienced families or children who are on the edges of care.

The SNP Scottish Government will distribute £3.275m of support across Scotland and it will be in addition to the £41m provided through the Winter Support Fund.

Commenting Fulton MacGregor MSP said:

“Many children across Coatbridge & Chryston who are on the edges of care or are care experienced are often in families on low income and will be experiencing a cost of living crisis made worse by a UK Tory government that has cut Universal Credit and failed to address the challenge of rising energy prices.

“As the cost of living crisis starts to spiral this will be welcome funding for these families and ensure that they have immediate resources to ensure they can stay together.

“Later this year families will also receive further support from the Scottish Government with the launch the £500m whole family wellbeing fund.

“However, the SNP Scottish Government continues to support families in Coatbridge & Chryston and across Scotland with one hand tied behind its back. That is why the people of Scotland must be able to choose a better path towards an independent country.”

MSP WELCOMES NEW FUND TO SUPPORT LOCAL BUS SERVICES

Local MSP Fulton MacGregor has welcomed the announcement of a new grant to support local bus services while passenger numbers recover from the COVID pandemic. 

The Scottish Government has committed £93.5 million of the 2022-23 Budget to support bus operators, due to the changed travel patterns during pandemic restrictions. 

Fulton MacGregor MSP said: 

“As passenger numbers recover across Coatbridge and Chryston due to the easing of restrictions, I’m delighted to see the Scottish Government offering significant support for Scotland’s bus services. 

“Committing nearly £94 million for 2022-23 offers financial certainty for companies and for passengers and ensures our communities can remain connected by vital local bus links. 

“Our travel options play a crucial part in Scotland’s transition to Net Zero – and this grant is an important step in protecting sustainable travel, cutting car kilometres and supporting connected communities across Scotland.” 

LCOAL MSP WELCOMES RECORD HEALTH INVESTMENT IN SCOTTISH BUDGET

Local MSP Fulton MacGregor has welcomed record investment in Scotland’s NHS, including for NHS Lanarkshire.

The Scottish Government Budget confirmed £18 billion for Health and Social Care, including £12.9 billion for health boards through the pandemic and to accelerate the recovery of vital services. 

The Budget also supports the creation of a new National Care Service – the single greatest public health reform since the establishment of the NHS.

Scotland’s Finance Secretary Kate Forbes also outlined:

  • £1.6 investment in social care, including £846.6 million for local government
  • £61 million to address the tragedy of drugs deaths
  • £290 million investment in mental health, including £120 million for our Mental Health Recovery and Renewal Fund
  • Additional funding of £559 million for NHS Boards
  • Funding of £232 million to address waiting times and supporting National Treatment Centres

Fulton MacGregor MSP said:

“The Scottish Government’s Budget commits £18 billion for Health and Social Care this year – that’s the highest investment in the history of the Scottish Parliament.

“Prioritising the NHS was a key commitment of the SNP in May’s election, so I’m delighted to see the SNP Scottish Government delivering on this commitment despite a challenging financial outlook.

“In NHS Lanarkshire, the Scottish Government has committed £1,346.8 million to NHS Lanarkshire – an increase of over £60 million on last year’s Budget.

“This year, Scotland’s block grant has no Covid consequentials from the UK government – meaning when Covid spending is included, our budget decreased from last year. Prioritising Health and Social Care is absolutely the right thing to do – but it means difficult decisions elsewhere in Scotland’s budget.

“Scotland doesn’t have the powers to borrow for our pandemic response under Westminster control, so the UK government must now deliver new money to aid Scotland’s fight against Covid.”

11,355 CHILDREN IN NORTH LANARKSHIRE BENEFIT FROM SCOTGOV CHILD POVERTY MISSION

FAMILIES IN NORTH LANARKSHIRE TO RECEIVE £1,135,500 SUPPORT FROM SCOTGOV

Low income families in Coatbridge & Chryston will benefit from a £320 uplift before Christmas as part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to tackling child poverty.

Fulton MacGregor MSP welcomed the payments which Social Justice Secretary Shona Robison highlighted during a debate on the commitments in the SNP Scottish Government’s Programme for Government which aim to create a fairer society.

Families eligible will receive payments of £160 per child in October and again in December. Two Bridging Payments of £100 which have already been made takes the total to £520 this year.

The cash is equivalent to the Scottish Child Payment – a £10-a-week benefit to assist with the costs of caring for a child aged under six years old. The Scottish Government will extend the Scottish Child payment to all eligible under-16s by the end of 2022 and are committed to double the payment to £20 per week as quickly as possible.

The Social Justice Secretary highlighted the payments in the Scottish Parliament just a day after the six Tory MPs failed to vote to stop the UK government’s plans to cut the incomes of six million people across the UK by £1040 a year – the biggest cut to welfare since the 1930’s.

Commenting Julie O’Byrne, Founder and Chair Person of Cool School Uniforms in Coatbridge said:

“This will make a huge difference to local families like the ones we see at Cool School Uniforms. Times are tough and this extra payment will give families a boost that will ensure their little ones are at their best for the rest of the school year.”

“This will boost the confidence of children and ensure they have what they need to be able to learn to the best of their abilities. This funding will really help towards closing the attainment gap.”

Commenting SNP MSP for Coatbridge and Chryston Fulton MacGregor said:

“I know that many families in Coatbridge & Chryston are finding it hard just now. The impact that the pandemic has had on household finances is real, and has only been made worse by the cost of Tory’s obsession with Brexit and their unrelenting cruel austerity agenda.

“I am pleased that in Scotland, we have an SNP Scottish Government doing right thing by its citizens with these payments meaning £1,135,500 in the pockets of 11,355 low income families in North Lanarkshire

“The Scottish Child Payment is already the most ambitious anti-poverty measure currently being undertaken anywhere in the UK and we have committed to doubling it to £20-a-week per child as soon as possible in this parliamentary term.

“It’s clear that building a better future for children in Coatbridge & Chryston, and right across Scotland, is of at the top of the agenda in the SNP’s Programme for Government.

“As the Tories plough on with their indefensible move to cut £20-a-week in Universal Credit from those who need it most, the SNP Government are using the powers we have to provide real, practical help for families in Scotland. It’s crystal clear that the only way to keep Scotland safe from Westminster cuts is to become an independent country.”

FULTON MACGREGOR MSP SAYS PROGRAMME FOR GOVERNMENT WILL HELP BUILD BACK A BETTER COATBRIDGE & CHRYSTON

Fulton MacGregor MSP has welcomed the Scottish Government’s 2021/2022 Programme for Government as a strong plan to begin the recovery from the pandemic for Coatbridge & Chryston.

The First Minister unveiled the Government’s programme for the next year to MSPs today, saying that “a better Scotland – as part of a better world – is waiting to be built”.

The Programme for Government focussed on building a greener, fairer country for all individuals and families in Scotland, and offering the people of our country an informed choice on Scotland’s future.

This was backed by commitments to invest at least £1.8 billion to make Scotland’s homes and buildings more efficient and easier to heat, doubling the Scottish Child Payment as quickly as possible and restarting work on a detailed prospectus for an Independent Scotland.

Commenting, Fulton MacGregor said:

“This is an ambitious policy programme from the Scottish Government which has clear commitments to deliver a better life for people across Coatbridge & Chryston.

“It addresses the challenges that the last 18 months has left us with and it has the ambition needed to rebuild a better country as we recover.

“The recovery and remobilisation of our health services is undoubtedly a top priority for people across Coatbridge & Chryston so the SNP Government’s commitment to a minimum of £2.5 billion more on frontline health spending will be particularly welcome news.

“Today we have seen that we have an SNP Government who keep their promises, has the ambition needed to help build a better Scotland but, most crucially, takes the action needed to make that ambition a reality.

“This is a prospectus that meets the challenges and opportunities ahead and offers the people of Scotland the choice the deserve over their future.”