Category Archives: health

Cathy calls for better cancer care

Falkirk East’s Scottish Labour candidate Cathy Peattie has called for more progress in the treatment of cancer.
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Purple Day

Saturday 26th March was Purple Day, when Epilepsy Connections’ volunteers were out in force at the Falkirk vs Raith Rovers match to get everyone talking about epilepsy.
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Call for better hospital buses

Cathy Peattie has called on the Scottish Government to ensure that Forth Valley Royal Hospital has comprehensive public transport provision.
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Prostate Pledge

Cathy Peattie has backed Prostate Cancer Awareness Month by signing The Pledge for Prostate Cancer
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Parkinson’s Pledge

Cathy signs the pledgeThe second World Parkinson Congress, being held in Glasgow this week (28 September – 1 October), is calling on the people of Scotland to sign up to the global pledge.
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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.”

Give epilepsy a sporting chance

Cathy with 'Give epilepsy a sporting chance' card during National Epilepsy Week (13-19 June)

Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie is calling for people with epilepsy to be given a sporting chance.
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Big Fit Walkers at the Scottish Parliament

Big Fit Walkers at the Scottish Parliament

Big Fit Walkers at the Scottish Parliament

When the Big Fit Walk went to Holyrood on Wednesday, the timing could not have been better. The walk through Holyrood Park was followed by a debate in the Scottish Parliament on Active Travel.

Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie was involved in both – as the constituency MSP, helping to organise the walk and a meeting with MSPs for the Big Fit Walk organisers and the Helix Green Team; and as Deputy Convener of the Transport Infrastructure and Climate Change committee, summing up in the debate on the committee’s inquiry into Active Travel.
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NHS job cuts

protest against NHS cuts

The Scottish Government has admitted that current plans will cut almost 4,000 NHS jobs this year, including over 1,500 nurses.
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Scottish Government squeeze Forth Valley NHS

Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie has condemned the Scottish Government for giving the NHS a below inflation spending increase.
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