News-and-Events

Crisis in Young People’s Mental Health Services Revealed

More than a thousand children and young people have been forced to wait more than 18 weeks for mental health treatment, official figures show. New figures published 3rd September reveal that 1,217 children and young people seen between May and June 2019 had to wait longer than the four and half months waiting time target…

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Delayed Discharge On The Rise Amid Social Care Crisis

The number of people being left stuck in hospital despite being medically fit to leave has increased year-on-year. The practice, known as delayed discharge, often arises because a social care package – that would allow someone to safely return home or to a community setting – is not in place. At the May 2019 census…

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Monica Recognises Moments That Matter During Children’s Hospice Week

During Children’s Hospice Week, Monica visited Robin House Children’s Hospice in Balloch to learn about the issues surrounding paediatric palliative care in Scotland. Monica spent the day at Robin House with staff and volunteers from Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS), who run the hospice, to appreciate directly the effort, dedication and resources required to care…

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June is Lipoedema Awareness Month in Scotland

Lipoedema is a chronic condition that causes painful swelling, discomfort and mobility challenges for over a quarter-of-a-million women in Scotland. The condition is caused by an abnormal build-up of fat cells – usually in the legs, thighs and arms, and is often treated with liposuction. Despite the fact its visual symptoms make the condition relatively…

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Restrictions on Junk Food Advertising

Commenting on a survey from Obesity Action Scotland which reveals support for restrictions on junk food advertising, Monica said: “It’s encouraging that there is clear support for broadcasting restrictions on the advertising of junk food. “Obesity is a major public health issue in Scotland – and whilst balanced diets are a key part of maintaining…

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Monica Supports Call To Scale Down Cancer

Monica Lennon MSP attended an event run by Cancer Research UK to support the charity’s Scale Down Cancer campaign to help prevent obesity-related cancers across Scotland. Monica heard from Professor Linda Bauld, Cancer Research UK’s prevention expert, and met the fundraisers, volunteers and scientists from across Scotland who make Cancer Research UK’s research happen. Scotland…

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NHS Waiting Times Plummet

Thousands of patients have had to wait of more than 12 weeks for treatment despite the Scottish Government vowing to cut waiting times, new statistics reveal. A total of 23,229 patients have had to wait longer than the legally guaranteed 12 weeks in the first three months of 2019. Just 68.4% of patients were treated…

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World Leading Period Poverty Legislation Lodged In The Scottish Parliament

Monica has lodged world leading legislation at the Scottish Parliament, bidding to ensure free universal access to period products. The aim of the member’s bill is to create a universal system of free access to period products for all – making Scotland a world-leader – and it will give statutory underpinning to the requirement for…

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Supporting Proposals For Free Wheelchairs On NHS

Monica has given her support to a proposal by MSP Jackie Baillie to introduce new legislation, which would see wheelchairs supplied to people who have a temporary need for one. There is no duty on the NHS, or any other public body, to provide short-term wheelchairs to anyone with a mobility problem that is expected…

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Early Diagnosis To Beat Cancer Sooner

Monica met Cancer Research UK staff in Dundee recently, to learn about the charity’s priorities for beating cancer sooner in Scotland. Monica said: “Like everywhere in Scotland, cancer has a huge effect on families across Lanarkshire. My own mum was fortunate to have bowel cancer diagnosed at an early stage, and thanks to the care…

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