Latest figures from the Scottish Government have revealed that the transformative Baby Box policy has already benefitted 1,132 newborns across the Forth Valley area since they were introduced last year – and over 22,000 across Scotland.
Tory tax proposals could mean cuts of up to £27.2 million in Forth Valley, according to new Scottish Government analysis.
With the Scottish Parliament set to vote on Stage 1 of the budget this month, the Tories are proposing tax cuts for high earners that would leave a £500 million hole in the budget.
Stirling MSP Bruce Crawford is to meet with the Chief Executive of Forth Valley NHS this week to discuss the pressures faced by the health service over the festive period.
A&E service delivery times across the country were affected over December – and a doubling of the number of flu cases has been cited as the main cause.
Stirling MSP Bruce Crawford has urged all eligible adults in the local area to take up the offer of a free flu vaccination.
Everyone aged 65 and over, pregnant women and people at most risk of serious illness are offered the flu vaccination on the NHS.
Stirling MSP Bruce Crawford is encouraging all parents and guardians of 2-5 year olds in the Stirling Constituency to take advantage of the free flu vaccine before Christmas.
In a bid to keep children virus-free this winter, GP practices across Scotland are providing the nasal flu vaccine free of charge.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stirling MSP Bruce Crawford has called for local shops in the Stirling area to take part in Autism Hour.