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Douglas Alexander has welcomed the Scottish Government U-turn on the closure of Ward 15, after he called for the First Minister to keep it open.

It was revealed earlier this month that NHS bosses were considering closing Ward 15 at the RAH. Following the opening of the new South Glasgow Hospital NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde have stated that “paediatric services would be reviewed as part of its developing clinical services strategy. The Royal Hospital for Sick Children’s move to the new South Glasgow Hospital will give us the opportunity to look at this again.”

In a written response to Douglas Alexander, the Health Secretary said that “there are no proposals to change the paediatric services delivered from Ward 15 at the RAH”.

Commenting on the announcement from the Scottish Government, Douglas Alexander said:

“I welcome this U-turn from the Scottish Government on Ward 15’s future.

“A fortnight ago the future of this children’s ward was being called into question and I called on the First Minister to act to guarantee its future. Now the Scottish Government has said it is here to stay.

“This is great news for the local families who rely on the RAH to look after their kids. They had warned that for them the consequences of it closing would be ‘devastating and dangerous’.

“As a campaigning local MP I fought to keep the RAH’s children’s ward open last time it was going to be closed and I made it clear to the First Minister I was ready to do so again now.

“I grew up here in Renfrewshire and I know how important our local NHS is. That’s why I am determined to stand up for our community and protect our local public services.”

GOVERNMENT U-TURN ON FUTURE OF RAH'S CHILDREN'S WARD

Douglas Alexander has welcomed the Scottish Government U-turn on the closure of Ward 15, after he called for the First Minister to keep it open.It was revealed earlier this month...

Paisley and Renfrewshire South MP Douglas Alexander has called on the SNP Government to ditch its proposals to share personal NHS data with the tax man.

The Scottish Government is proposing making amendments to the NHS Central Register which would allow patient information to be shared with HMRC and other public bodies. They intend to share the data in order to identify new Scottish taxpayers.

Paisley and Renfrewshire South MP Douglas Alexander said:

"Local people will be appalled that the SNP are proposing handing patients' NHS data to the tax man.

"As the leader of Scotland’s doctors warned, this risks breaking down the trust that exists between patients and our NHS.  

“In recent weeks, the list of organisations opposing these changes has grown. From Scotland’s doctors to civil liberties organisations, there is now agreement that the government needs to ditch these proposals."

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Notes to Editors

The Scottish Government has had nearly three years to prepare for new devolved powers over income tax. But with only 14 months left until the biggest changes to tax in Scotland, the Scottish Government isn’t prepared.

Identifying Scottish taxpayers is proving so “complex” that the Scottish Government are now looking to share personal NHS records with the tax man.

The Scottish Labour Party opposes the SNP’s plans to share NHS data with the tax man, along with civil liberties organisations, privacy campaigners and Scotland’s doctors.

DITCH PROPOSALS TO SHARE NHS RECORDS WITH THE TAX MAN

Paisley and Renfrewshire South MP Douglas Alexander has called on the SNP Government to ditch its proposals to share personal NHS data with the tax man.The Scottish Government is proposing...

Paisley‎ and Renfrewshire South MP Douglas Alexander has held talks with the Managing Director of McGills buses, Ralph Roberts, to demand fairer bus fares for Paisley.

Local people were angry that earlier this year bus fares went up at the same time as fuel prices hit a five year low.

McGills told the MP they would consider reducing fares later in the year, as the reduction in their fuel costs are realised in their operating costs.

Following their conversation, Douglas Alexander said:

"People were understandably angry when McGills put their fares up at the same time as fuel price hit a five year low.

"I pressed the McGills boss on this and I welcome the fact that he committed to consider passing the lower diesel costs onto customers as soon as possible.

"I - and all local people - will be watching their prices closely in the weeks ahead because we won’t put up with Paisley being ripped off.

"'Local people have also been in touch with me to complain about the bus service provided to the villages, such as Howwood and Lochwinnoch. I pressed McGills to improve them because, having grown up in a Renfrewshire village, I know how important good transport connections are.

"The SNP government has refused calls by Labour to re-regulate the bus market, which would have protected bus routes vital to our communities. It seems that, sadly, they are presiding over a public transport system that is more interested in generating profits than serving communities."

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FAIRER BUS FARES FOR PAISLEY

Paisley‎ and Renfrewshire South MP Douglas Alexander has held talks with the Managing Director of McGills buses, Ralph Roberts, to demand fairer bus fares for Paisley.Local people were angry that...


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