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20 April 2018

Stevenson Comments on Dr Gray's Public Event in Buckie

“I am confident that the public sessions will contribute
to a mixture of innovative solutions”

– Stewart Stevenson MSP

Banffshire & Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson has welcomed the public drop in session in Buckie which was held by NHS Grampian in response to concerns over the overnight closure of the children’s ward at Dr Gray’s Hospital in Elgin.

Women’s and children’s services have been affected by a shortage of staff resulting in the closure of wards overnight.

The MSP for Buckie has highlighted that whilst the funding is in place for the posts there have not been sufficient applicants coming forward to fill jobs and ensure a safe level of service can be provided through the night.

Commenting on the sessions which were being held this week in Buckie Stewart Stevenson said:

“There are many people in the Buckie area who are, quite rightly, concerned about the overnight closure of the children’s ward at Dr Gray’s in Elgin. However, it should be stressed that this is not due to a lack of funding but rather a difficulty in recruiting the adequate number of staff to keep the service running safely through the night.

“The drop in sessions are a critical way of NHS Grampian engaging with the local community to see what more can be done to get people to apply for these posts as well as answering questions. I am sure that NHS Grampian managers have been given many ideas to reflect on and I look forward to seeing the results.

“A number of actions are already underway including a fantastic promotional video aimed at recruiting medical staff to Moray and the establishment of the Keep MUM group which is doing a great job. I also welcome the ‘Move to Moray’ initiative being driven by my SNP colleague Richard Lochhead MSP which is looking at developing a package of incentives as another tool to attract people to the area.

“I am glad to see that actions are being taken to try and resolve this worrying situation and I am confident that the public sessions will contribute to a mixture of innovative solutions.”

19 April 2018

Stevenson Welcomes Fraserburgh Port Masterplan Project

Banffshire & Buchan Coast SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson has welcomed the announcement from Fraserburgh Harbour Commissioners of an ambitious project to diversify and modernise Fraserburgh Harbour.

Constituency MSP Stewart Stevenson said:

“With the right consultation, a masterplan for Fraserburgh will help support economic development in the region. There is no reason why it shouldn’t be in the same league as Peterhead and Wick and it’s promising to see innovating ideas put forward.

“This is the first masterplan of this scale considered for Fraserburgh Harbour which is no small undertaking. But if we can envision progress and development over the next two decades there could be real benefits to the town and its community.

“I am particularly interested in how the board and its strategic partners look to develop the fishing industry.”

18 April 2018

MSP Welcomes 95% Broadband Target Being Met

Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson has welcomed figures which show more than 95% of Scotland’s homes and businesses are now able to connect to fibre-enabled broadband.

It comes as the Scottish Government continues to deliver the rollout through the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) project.

Around 890,000 premises are now connected and there has been a total contribution of £280million from across the public sector in Scotland.

Without the DSSB programme, it is estimated that only 66% of Scotland would be able to receive fibre broadband.

Commenting, Stewart Stevenson MSP said:

“For rural areas fast and reliable internet is necessary for the future economic and social success of communities.

“There is still work to do, but these most recent figures are a landmark for the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme.

“Around 890,000 premises have been connected to fibre broadband so far. We want to ensure Scotland can offer world-class digital infrastructure including in the North-East of Scotland.

“We know that by 2021, the Scottish Government has pledged to make sure every single premise in Scotland can access speeds of at least 30Mbps.”
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