VOTERS in Helensburgh and Lomond could have a alternative of seven constituency candidates on election day subsequent month – and this week we’re launching our election points spotlights.
Every week we’ll give the seven candidates within the Dumbarton constituency the chance to set out their plans for native and nationwide life that matter most to you, the voter.
First up, we requested every candidate (listed in alphabetical order of surnames beneath) for his or her place on well being issues, such because the Vale of Leven Hospital and psychological well being companies.
Healthcare was already a core employer within the constituency and an important service even earlier than the worldwide pandemic targeted all our consideration on the entrance line of drugs and saving lives.
However how do you need to see well being and psychological well being companies change throughout the lifetime of the following Scottish Parliament?
Electronic mail editorial@helensburgh advertiser.co.uk together with your priorities, and your views on the candidates’ ideas.
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Jackie Baillie – Scottish Labour Social gathering
THE final yr has proven simply how a lot we should always worth our well being and social care service and, extra importantly, the individuals who work there.
Employees on the Vale of Leven Hospital, and our native GPs and nurses all through Helensburgh, Lomond, Dumbarton and the Vale have labored so exhausting to maintain us protected.
Most of the challenges that exist for our much-loved NHS predate the pandemic.
Ready instances for most cancers remedy and analysis are too lengthy; individuals are not receiving the psychological well being help that they want, and well being and social care employees are overworked and underpaid.
Scottish Labour’s NHS restoration plan will create a well being and social care service match for the longer term.
I’ll at all times combat for the Vale of Leven hospital and we additionally have to get companies again on monitor – prioritise most cancers remedy and care; spend money on psychological well being companies to enhance help and finish rejected referrals; create a nationwide care service to remodel social care; and supply an actual pay rise for NHS workers and lift social carers’ pay to £15 an hour.
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Maurice Corry – Scottish Conservative and Unionist Social gathering
THERE are many points with well being in Scotland presently, loads created by the pandemic and mismanagement from the SNP authorities.
Psychological well being is a rising downside and one which has not had the companies to cope with it.
The current Covid pandemic has solely elevated the size of this challenge. I’m proud to have efficiently campaigned and launched improved psychological well being companies on the Vale of Leven hospital.
By means of the pandemic some very important companies offered by the NHS have been stopped, primarily most cancers testing.
The NHS ought to be there for everybody with any downside or fear.
I’ve had quite a few constituents write to me with accounts of checks and remedy being cancelled.
This actually is unacceptable. A few of these constituents needed to have remedy in England throughout the easing of restrictions final summer season.
The Scottish Conservatives have pledged more cash for the NHS to make sure that it’s correctly funded and that companies can stay open for individuals.
We have to shield the NHS for the advantage of us all.
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Andy Foxall – Scottish Liberal Democrats
THIS pandemic has introduced excessive stress on our NHS. Employees are exhausted, having gone above and past the decision of responsibility.
We should always thank them by giving each well being and social care employees a well-earned pay rise, but additionally the sources they should work.
We all know that delayed therapies, a consequence of the pandemic, have left an extended queue of sufferers. Our psychological well being was in disaster earlier than the pandemic and now much more individuals are unwell due to it.
The Liberal Democrats have proposed insurance policies to get extra professionals skilled, particularly counsellors. We would like extra walk-in companies in A&E departments.
We will stop extra individuals turning into unwell within the first place by placing psychological well being first-aiders in each office and extra counsellors in faculties. We will enhance our healthcare if we decentralise drugs, with extra companies domestically obtainable.
Within the months forward, we should always not simply get again to the place we have been earlier than Covid. We will attempt for the next commonplace for our implausible NHS, benefitting sufferers and workers.
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Toni Giugliano – Scottish Nationwide Social gathering
OUR NHS has saved us protected throughout the hardest of instances.
That’s why the SNP authorities is delivering a four per cent pay rise for NHS workers – the one greatest pay improve within the historical past of devolution.
As a psychological well being employee I’ll put Scotland’s well being on the prime of my agenda. My work within the discipline has led to the creation of latest companies and sources.
So that you might be sure that I’ll combat for our native hospital. Labour downgraded the Vale of Leven Hospital, then spent the following decade portraying it as weak for political achieve.
The SNP has created 15 new companies on the Vale since 2015. The hospital has a shiny future, and as your MSP I’ll champion the growth of much more companies.
The SNP has delivered report NHS funding and employed 19,500 extra workers. Our Covid vaccination programme has led the UK, and prescriptions stay freed from cost.
If re-elected, we’ll arrange a Nationwide Care Service and set up quick monitor most cancers diagnostic centres in each well being board space.
On Could 6 elect a public well being champion.
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James Morrison – Unbiased
A RESIDENT shouldn’t be greater than 20 minutes away from an accident and emergency unit and should have the ability to get a physician’s appointment inside 24 hours.
Synthetic intelligence is already working exhausting at saving lives. If we spend money on healthcare expertise, then well being in Scotland might be improved and lives saved utilizing synthetic intelligence to detect medical situations, enhance healthcare supply and supply higher pharmaceutical options.
Ready lists might be reduce, and folks handled quicker. Each grownup ought to have a full medical evaluation each 5 years to totally utilise preventative care, and a combat on weight problems should be our precedence.
This could permit well being budgets to be spent on care such because the re-instatement of the in-service psychological well being facility on the Vale of Leven Hospital.
Psychological well being and poverty are linked and should be addressed.
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Andrew Muir – Unbiased
IT is a human proper to determine what medicine you want to enter your physique – particularly psychiatric medicine, which include important unwanted effects, together with extreme shortening of your life.
The United Nations Conference on the Rights of Individuals with Disabilities, which I help, recommends the abolishment of pressured remedy of sufferers.
Nevertheless individuals like me who communicate out about this challenge are in peril.
In solely the final couple of weeks, I’ve been despatched a letter from attorneys representing Voices of Expertise, which is described as Scotland’s nationwide voice on psychological well being.
They’re primarily based on the identical deal with because the Psychological Well being Basis, of which Toni Giugliano, the SNP’s election candidate on this constituency, is the coverage and public affairs supervisor.
This letter accuses me of defamatory remarks, and states that I’ve despatched emails amounting to harassment for the needs of the Safety of Harassment Act 1997.
The letter additionally states that non-harassment orders can be found that are quasi-criminal in nature, and says that court docket proceedings could also be raised in opposition to me and that I could need to pay damages for misery.
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Jonathan Rainey – Scottish Libertarian Social gathering
The Scottish Nationwide Social gathering has not performed very effectively in its 14 years in energy at Holyrood to guard requirements in Scotland’s hospitals from declining.
It has additionally not performed sufficient to forestall our hospitals, together with the Vale of Leven Hospital, from chopping again on departments and companies which are very important to the individuals who dwell in our group.
Nor has the SNP performed job within the opening up and taking care of of sure hospitals such because the Queen Elizabeth College Hospital in Glasgow.
What we have to see is a big change to a system by which taxes which are paid in the direction of the maintenance of the NHS are voluntary, and by which laws surrounding the non-public well being sector, together with non-public hospitals, must be loosened up.
It’s extremely necessary that workers whistleblowers inside the NHS are given full authorized safety from any reprisals ought to they dare to lift any issues about what has been occurring in hospitals – together with with therapies utilized, particularly with what has occurred over the previous yr. Medical censorship can’t be tolerated.
I can even totally oppose any transfer in the direction of necessary vaccinations and necessary face masks or visor legal guidelines – medical consent should stay voluntary and should not be taken away.
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