Latest News –  Martin Whitfield MSP

1205, 2022

Supporting International Nurses’ Day

By |May 12th, 2022|

Today (12th May) is International Nurses' Day and I'm pleased to support RCN Scotland and the nursing profession in celebrating the incredible difference nursing staff make to patients’ lives across the UK by sharing stories showcasing the #BestofNursing. RCN Scotland has also launched its first ever Nurse of the Year awards which will take place in November this year. The awards are designed to recognise, highlight and celebrate the dedication and outstanding professional care of nursing staff across Scotland. From rural communities to the big cities, from the NHS, care homes and others in the independent sector, we are looking [...]

1005, 2022

Martin backs responsible tourism campaign

By |May 10th, 2022|

Martin Whitfield MSP is backing a new VisitScotland campaign to help both visitors and locals enjoy Scotland safely and responsibly. Scotland’s national tourism body is using social media, local radio and digital marketing to educate, inspire and inform people about issues such as water safety, fire safety, dog control and the need to adhere to the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. These themes have been developed in close consultation with stakeholders and reflect feedback on the issues which arose most during 2021, including problems with wild camping, countryside fires and water safety. Martin Whitfield MSP said: “The growth in visitors during [...]

2904, 2022

Supporting Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

By |April 29th, 2022|

Martin Whitfield MSP has supported this year’s Bowel Cancer Awareness Month and attended a drop-in event at Holyrood, hosted by Bowel Cancer UK. Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in Scotland with around 4,200 people diagnosed every year. Sadly, more than 1,700 people die from the disease each year, making it the second biggest cancer killer in Scotland but it shouldn’t be as it’s treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early. Nearly everyone survives bowel cancer if diagnosed at the earliest stage. However, this drops significantly as the disease develops. New findings released by Bowel Cancer UK for [...]

804, 2022

Data shows scale of crucial voluntary sector impact

By |April 8th, 2022|

Figures collated by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) using data from OSCR, Volunteer Scotland, the TSI Network Scotland, and the Social Enterprise in Scotland Census have highlighted the crucial role of charities, social enterprises, and community groups in Scotland. The data reveals that across South Scotland alone there are currently 3,317 registered charities, generating a combined annual income of £603,355,776, and 1,045 social enterprises operating across the TSI area. Along with employing 17,657 paid staff, an amazing 217,538 people from across the area also support organisations by volunteering their time and skills to help people, communities and groups, [...]

2103, 2022

Supporting Songs for the Edington event

By |March 21st, 2022|

Labour MSPs Martin Whitfield and Jackie Baillie, the party’s Deputy Leader and Health, Social Care & Covid Recovery Spokesperson, as well as local council candidate Carol McFarlane, were among those supporting yesterday’s Songs for the Edington event. The gathering was organised to mark six months since the Edington closed to all in-patients and minor injuries and the singing to support the hospital was led by the Gospel Choir North Berwick. Speaking after his attendance at the event, Martin Whitfield MSP said: “Six months on from the decision to close the Edington, it was a real pleasure to join local people [...]

1103, 2022

Martin backs call for new future for social work

By |March 11th, 2022|

Martin Whitfield MSP is supporting calls from the Scottish Association of Social Work (SASW) for MSPs from all parties to “grasp the opportunity to reform and shape a new future for social work” when proposals for a new National Care Service are brought to parliament. Ahead of World Social Work Day 2022, Mr Whitfield paid tribute to the invaluable contributions of social workers across Scotland, recognising the positive difference they make to people’s lives. However, they also acknowledged the challenging working conditions and significant pressures being placed on the profession, with a recent survey carried out by BASW finding that [...]

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