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SNP MSP Leads Neurological Charity Tribute in Parliament

Bruce Crawford MSP.

Sue Ryder Working Hard to Improve Lives for Those With Neurological Conditions

SNP MSP Bruce Crawford is leading a debate this evening recognising the Sue Ryder report ‘Rewrite the Future’ – which outlines the benefits of consistent specialist care and support for those with neurological conditions.

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Crawford Highlights Impact of Arthritis In Stirling Area

Bruce Crawford MSP meets with Arthritis UK in Parliament

Bruce Crawford MSP was delighted to attend the first Holyrood reception to be held by the newly merged charity, Arthritis Research UK incorporating Arthritis Care Scotland on 5th December, where they heard from people living with arthritis about the healthcare and support they need in Scotland.

Arthritis is among the biggest causes of disability and pain across Scotland, with nearly 700,000 people living with osteoarthritis, around 37,000 people with rheumatoid arthritis and almost one million people with back pain.

The pain, fatigue and lack of mobility caused by arthritis affects every aspect of a person’s life, making everyday tasks such as making a cup of tea, travelling to work or getting out of bed extremely difficult.

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Care Hub Celebrates New Milestone

Attendees at the Topping out ceremony

A topping out ceremony at the new Stirling Care Village was held on Friday 24th November 2017 to mark the final tiles being placed on the roof of the new Care Hub building. The hub will have more than 100 beds and will provide short-term care, assessment or rehabilitation to older people who require additional support following an illness or operation. Set in a comfortable, homely environment it aims to help older people recover, regain their independence and, in the majority of cases, return to their own homes.

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Crawford Welcomes Projected Increase In NHS Forth Valley Staff

Forth Valley Royal Hospital

A Scottish Government report has highlighted that the overall number of staff in Forth Valley’s NHS is set to increase by over 190 in the year between 31st March 2017 and 31st March 2018.
The overall increase to Scotland’s NHS in this time is 1,414.2 (or 1%), however, the Forth Valley area will see a 3.5% increase from 5,393.2 to 5,583.9 posts.

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Bruce Encourages Stirling Shops To Take Part In Autism Hour

Autism Hour
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SNP Councillor Slams Stirling’s Tory MP For Voting Against Pay Rise For Public Sector Workers

Susan McGill on Majury
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World’s Biggest Coffee Morning Is A Hit In Stirling

Bruce Crawford MSP and Steven Paterson MP hand over the cheque to MacMillan Cancer Support representative Pauline McMillan

This year’s ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ proved to be a huge hit once again in Stirling after local MP Steven Paterson and MSP Bruce Crawford raised £381 for MacMillan Cancer Support.

Coffee mornings took place across the country on 30th September, encouraging people to donate cakes, treats, and home baking in an effort to raise as much money as possible for the charity. Mr Paterson and Mr Crawford held their joint event in the Stirling Smith Museum and Art Gallery.

MacMillan works to support those who are battling cancer as well as their families by offering advice as well as helping with financial concerns whilst someone is undergoing treatment, volunteers are available to assist from the moment someone is diagnosed with cancer.

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Flagship SNP Policy Welcomed As Care Hub Gets The Go-Ahead

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Paterson Highlights Importance Of HIV Testing

Central Sexual Health

This week (18-25th November) marks HIV test week – promoting the benefits of regular screening and early testing to gay or bisexual men as well as black African men and women.

These groups make up 7/10 of those living with HIV in the UK.
In the first 6 months of this year, 8 more people were diagnosed with HIV in the Forth Valley area – bringing the overall number of people living with the disease to 173.

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Paterson attends Arthritis week debate

Steven Paterson MP

Arthritis affects around 2 in 5 of the UK population and restricts the ability of suffers to do some of the simplest tasks even at a young age. A debate was held on this subject for the first time in five years. Steven Paterson MP for Stirling attended this debate in Westminster Hall and you can watch proceedings here. There were some great contributions from SNP MP’s and a particularly moving speech by Labour’s Lyn Brown MP a sufferer of RA.

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