Highlands & Islands MSP speaks out on mental health crises

SNP MSP for the Highlands & Islands, Emma Roddick, has used her column in the Highland News & Media Group to talk candidly about her own mental health experiences. As a member of the Scottish Parliament’s Cross-Party Group on Mental Health, Roddick is particularly interested in what support can be provided to those who areContinue reading “Highlands & Islands MSP speaks out on mental health crises”

Highlands MSP presses government on women’s health concerns

SNP MSP for the Highlands and Islands Emma Roddick has raised the plight of endometriosis sufferers in the Highlands in the Scottish Parliament, claiming the isolation felt by those with the diagnosis is “intensified” when they live far from hospitals able to treat it. Speaking in today’s debate, she said: “Endometriosis often has a devastatinglyContinue reading “Highlands MSP presses government on women’s health concerns”

Local MSP Emma Roddick welcomes record health investment in islands

Local MSP Emma Roddick has welcomed record investment in Scotland’s NHS, including £57 million for NHS Shetland and £57.1 million for NHS Orkney. The Scottish Government Budget confirmed £18 billion for Health and Social Care, including £12.9 billion for health boards through the pandemic and to accelerate the recovery of vital services.  The Budget alsoContinue reading “Local MSP Emma Roddick welcomes record health investment in islands”

Highlands and Islands MSP calls for more support for Patient Transport Service

On Wednesday 15th December, 2021, SNP MSP Emma Roddick voiced her support for the Scottish Ambulance Service’s Patient Transport Service and urged the Scottish Government to do more to foster their work helping patients with mobility needs in rural areas. Commenting, Roddick said: “The Patient Transport Service has done fantastic work in recent years supportingContinue reading “Highlands and Islands MSP calls for more support for Patient Transport Service”

SNP MSP welcomes progress on plans for a replacement Gilbert Bain Hospital

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has welcomed the progress on plans, announced on Tuesday, for a new £125m NHS Shetland Hospital. The Gilbert Bain Hospital is expected to be built within the next five years and to include 100 residential units, a helipad and carbon net-zero designs. This comes after an influx of callsContinue reading “SNP MSP welcomes progress on plans for a replacement Gilbert Bain Hospital”

Roddick wants focus on bereaved in COVID-19 inquiry

Emma Roddick MSP has asked that specific focus be given to the voices of grieving families in the upcoming independent inquiry into the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. The independent inquiry will examine decisions taken during the course of the pandemic and any future lessons to take forward. Roddick said: “Grieving families are already goingContinue reading “Roddick wants focus on bereaved in COVID-19 inquiry”

WATCH: Roddick stands firm on the need for national implementation of “buffer zones”

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has voiced her support for protest-free buffer zones around clinics that provide abortion services in Scotland. Speaking in the Scottish Parliament on Thursday 4th November, Roddick said she had been disturbed to read accounts by members of Back Off Scotland, an organisation campaigning for these buffer zones, who hadContinue reading “WATCH: Roddick stands firm on the need for national implementation of “buffer zones””

Roddick backs calls allowing first responders to drive in emergency situations

Highlands and Islands MSP and former ambulance service employee Emma Roddick has again spoken in support of Community First Responders being utilised fully and authorised to drive in ‘blue-light’ emergency situations. This is following military personnel being drafted since September to aid in driving ambulances amid what is being described as a “crisis” for the ScottishContinue reading “Roddick backs calls allowing first responders to drive in emergency situations”

Roddick urges defibrillator owners to register their devices on a new national database

Emma Roddick MSP is calling for tens of thousands of defibrillator owners to register their device on a new national database, called The Circuit, which could help save thousands of lives from cardiac arrests across the UK.  The Circuit campaign has been launched this week [week commencing: Mon 25th October] by the British Heart Foundation,Continue reading “Roddick urges defibrillator owners to register their devices on a new national database”

Emma Roddick MSP reacts to prison overdoses tripling in five years

Emma Roddick MSP has expressed grave concerns over troubling information, regarding ambulance calls to prison overdoses tripling in five years. The figures released by the Scottish Ambulance Service show that between 62 and 89 calls were made in 2020-2021 and that this is up from 24 to 33 calls in 2016/17. Roddick has reacted: “TheContinue reading “Emma Roddick MSP reacts to prison overdoses tripling in five years”