Highlands & Islands MSP emphasises the importance of informed patient choice in surgical mesh treatment

MSP for the Highlands & Islands Emma Roddick has stressed the importance of informed patient choice when considering the use of surgical mesh treatment. Contributing to a debate on a public petition which called for suspending the use of surgical mesh and fixation devices, Ms Roddick praised the work of surgical mesh petitioners, expressing thatContinue reading “Highlands & Islands MSP emphasises the importance of informed patient choice in surgical mesh treatment”

Highlands and Islands MSP calls for pain pathway after meeting with Ehlers Danlos Organisation

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has called for the Scottish Government to use its plan to improve services for those with chronic pain to introduce a pathway for dealing with conditions that cause it, after meeting with groups who campaign for better treatment of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a rare connective tissue disorder. The SNP MSP,Continue reading “Highlands and Islands MSP calls for pain pathway after meeting with Ehlers Danlos Organisation”

SNP MSP welcomes progress on mesh removal treatment options

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has welcomed the news that anyone in Scotland who requires the surgical removal of mesh implants is to be offered surgery in the US as a potential treatment course. This option is in addition to the treatment options currently being offered with Spire Healthcare in Bristol and the ComplexContinue reading “SNP MSP welcomes progress on mesh removal treatment options”

Highlands and Islands MSP: Supreme Court decision must not endanger Scottish healthcare

SNP MSP Emma Roddick has asked the Scottish Government to reassure women and the LGBTQI+ community in Scotland following a decision of the Supreme Court of the United States to overturn key abortion rights case Roe v Wade. Noting that there is rising promotion of anti-abortion campaigning in Scotland, too, she said: “Following the appallingContinue reading “Highlands and Islands MSP: Supreme Court decision must not endanger Scottish healthcare”

SNP MSP calls out Labour Party on unrealistic spending demands

Emma Roddick has challenged the Labour Party on their demand for the Scottish Government to immediately end all non-residential social care charges in Scotland, claiming it to be unrealistic. Commenting Roddick said: “I strongly believe that all health services should be free and not based on your ability to pay or where you live. RepresentingContinue reading “SNP MSP calls out Labour Party on unrealistic spending demands”

SNP MSP CONTINUES TO CALL ON SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT TO REDUCE ALCOHOL-RELATED INEQUALITIES IN THE LGBTQI+ COMMUNITY

Following leading a debate last month on LGBTQI+ alcohol harm and this week attending a Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) parliamentary event, Emma Roddick has made further calls to the Scottish Government to ensure alcohol services more effectively support LGBTQ+ people. The Highlands and Islands MSP attended a Parliament event [9 JUNE] heldContinue reading SNP MSP CONTINUES TO CALL ON SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT TO REDUCE ALCOHOL-RELATED INEQUALITIES IN THE LGBTQI+ COMMUNITY

SNP MSP LEADS DEBATE ON LGBTQI+ ALCOHOL HARM

“Given we are more likely to experience harm, it is vital that alcohol services are equipped to specifically support LGBTQI+ people.” SNP MSP Emma Roddick led a debate in the Scottish Parliament on the LGBTQI+ community’s experience of alcohol services in Scotland. The debate was prompted by cross-party support for a motion by the HighlandsContinue reading SNP MSP LEADS DEBATE ON LGBTQI+ ALCOHOL HARM

SNP MSP WELCOMES NEWS OF VACCINATION CLINICS PLANNED FOR NAIRN

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick, who has previously raised concern over the decision to move the Nairn booster vaccination programme to Inverness has today been assured by NHS Highland that some clinics will still take place in Nairn. Roddick commented: “It is my understanding that those who have been invited for their Spring boostersContinue reading “SNP MSP WELCOMES NEWS OF VACCINATION CLINICS PLANNED FOR NAIRN”

HAND WASHING STILL IMPORTANT IN FIGHT AGAINST SUPERBUGS, SAYS LOCAL MSP

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has emphasised the importance of continued regular handwashing in maintaining continued resistance to spread of viral and bacterial infections. Speaking in a Scottish Parliament debate on antimicrobial resistance, the SNP MSP pointed out that handwashing carries far less risk of encouraging bacteria to develop a resistance than constant useContinue reading “HAND WASHING STILL IMPORTANT IN FIGHT AGAINST SUPERBUGS, SAYS LOCAL MSP”

SNP MSP CALLS FOR HIGHLAND-BASED CRISIS CENTRE TO “BRIDGE GAP IN MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES”

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick praised the mental health support work developed by Penumbra at their Edinburgh Crisis Centre and called for a similar model to be rolled out across the country, including in the Highlands and Islands. The Edinburgh Crisis Centre is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and providesContinue reading “SNP MSP CALLS FOR HIGHLAND-BASED CRISIS CENTRE TO “BRIDGE GAP IN MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES””