Supporting International Nurses' Day
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.




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Martin backs responsible tourism campaign
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 w
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Supporting Bowel Cancer Awareness Month
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 signi
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Data shows scale of crucial voluntary sector impact
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
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Supporting Songs for the Edington event
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
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