Monthly Archives: August 2010

Patients struggle to get treatment

Physiotherapy patients at the new Forth Valley Royal Hospital are struggling to get treatment, says Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie.

“The new hospital has many well thought out and innovative features – but access to the physiotherapy area is not amongst them. The doors are not automatic, and are particularly difficult to open for anyone with mobility problems. Given that people are going there for physiotherapy, that must include quite a few patients.”

As Convener of the Scottish Parliament Equal Opportunities Committee from 2003 to 2007, Cathy chaired an inquiry into disability issues in Scotland.

“We have legislation and many recommendations that should prevent problems such as this, so I am very disappointed that I am having to raise it with regard to a prestigious new building.

“I have written to the Chief Executive of Forth Valley NHS asking for this issue to be addressed quickly, and will meet soon to discuss what will be done and why the problem was not picked up when the building was being designed.”

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Call for action on Rosyth Ferries

Commenting on the changes to the Rosyth-Zeebrugge ferry service, Cathy Peattie said:

“While I welcome the improvement in the freight provision, I am disappointed that this is being done at the expense of Scotland’s only passenger service to Europe.

“Norfolkline had reported a rise in passengers travelling to Scotland, so there is clearly demand, and the need for a passenger service is likely to increase.

“I hope that the Scottish Government will engage constructively with the operators to see what can be done to support passenger services.”

Cathy is Deputy Convener of the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee.

Freeze Damage

Councils are struggling to undo the damage caused by the winter freeze, because they are suffering from the council tax freeze.
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