MSP Welcomes Announcement over new Greenock Health & Care Centre

SNP MSP Stuart McMillan has today welcomed the announcement by the Deputy First Minister John Swinney that the new Greenock Health and Care Centre has been given the green light thanks to funding from the Scottish Government.

The facility will be funded as part of the Scottish Government’s £409 million investment in the non-profit distributing (NPD) programme.

Welcoming the announcement the Greenock based MSP said:

“I am delighted that the new Greenock Health and Care Centre has been given the go ahead.

“The new health centre will improve vital primary care services in Greenock, giving people in the area access to the highest quality healthcare facilities.

“This announcement is a further example of this SNP Governments commitment to strong public services and also to improving the lives of the people of Inverclyde.

McMillan welcomes success of new Diabetes care programme

Stuart McMillan MSP has welcomed the success of a new trial programme which has seen dramatic changes in the care of patients who have diabetes.

The ‘Think, Check, Act’ programme, which has been run by Healthcare Improvement Scotland’s Quality Improvement Hub, and funded by Scottish Government, has seen dramatic changes in the care of patients who have diabetes.

The test wards – one of which was in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde – saw a 20 per cent reduction in the incidence of hypoglycaemia – a potentially dangerous drop in blood sugar.  In one particular ward, appropriate management of hypoglycaemia increased from 39 per cent to 92 per cent.  The four health boards which participated in the pilot scheme were Dumfries and Galloway, Lothian, Greater Glasgow and Clyde, and Tayside.

The programme included an education package for ward staff, use of visual reminders in the ward environment, the introduction of ‘hypo boxes’ – ready-made kits for the treatment and prevention of hypoglycaemia, training in improvement methods and support from improvement experts. Continue reading

MSP Confirms Plans to Stand Again

Stuart_chamber March 2012_1CroppedSNP MSP Stuart McMillan has today confirmed he is seeking re-selection to be the SNP candidate for Greenock & Inverclyde at next year’s Holyrood elections.

 The Greenock based MSP was the party’s candidate at the 2011 election when he received 42% of the vote, increasing this by 13.6% from the previous election.

 Speaking Mr McMillan said:

 “I can confirm I am seeking re-selection as the SNP candidate for next year’s Holyrood elections.

 “In addition to my duties as an MSP, I will be spending the summer speaking and listening to local party members, especially the 1,200 new members we have here in Inverclyde. I don’t just want to talk to them about my work as a MSP and explain why I wish to continue in that role beyond 2016, but I  also want to listen to their ideas for Inverclyde.

“This discussion obviously extends beyond the local party, and as always my office door is open to any resident who wishes to speak with me about their own ideas for the area.

 “The SNP is a fully democratic party, which is something I am very proud of, and regardless of whether you are Stuart McMillan or Nicola Sturgeon any politician wishing to stand for re-selection must seek and win the support of party members via a democratic process. Over the next few weeks the Greenock and Inverclyde SNP will be undertaking that process and I very much look forward to it.”

McMillan welcomes success of SNP Scottish Government drive to get kids active

Stuart McMillan MSP has welcomed new figures showing that more school children than ever before in Inverclyde are now receiving the recommended amount of exercise at school.  However, there is still some work to do as Inverclyde has the lowest rate in Scotland of primary school children achieving 2 hours of PE per week. Continue reading

McMillan Speaks in Marine Tourism Debate

Stuart McMillan MSP (SNP, West Scotland) and Convenor of the Cross Party Group on Recreational Boating and Marine Tourism has today (Tuesday) spoke in a Scottish Parliament debate on the contribution that marine tourism makes to Scotland and the Scottish economy.

The debate focused around Scotland’s National Marine Plan, adopted in March 2015 and the strategic framework for Scotland’s marine tourism sector, Awakening the Giant.

Speaking during the debate Mr McMillan said:

“Marine tourism is a gem in Scotland’s offering and I know as Convenor of the Cross Party Group on Recreational Boating and Marine Tourism that it has helped hugely in driving forward the agenda and its future success.

“In Inverclyde we have the scenery, the hospitality, the food, the culture, the heritage and the people.

“From a small base some 10 years ago, the cruise liner industry is now worth over £50m to the economy and in Inverclyde its estimated to be worth some £8m alone. This year will see the Greenock Ocean Terminal break over 100,000 passengers for the first time.

“Alongside this, the campaign to bring the QE2 back to the Clyde is one I fully support, as I believe it could become a fabulous tourism opportunity in conjunction with the growing cruise liner industry.

“I welcome this important debate and am delighted to champion the marine tourism sector in the Parliament.”

McMillan Congratulates Headteacher of the Year

Stuart McMillan MSP (SNP) has congratulated Mairi McFarlane, from King’s Oak Primary School in Inverclyde, on being named Headteacher of the Year at the Scottish Education Awards 2015.

On learning the news, Mr McMillan has lodged a motion for support in the Scottish Parliament congratulating Mairi on her success.

Mr McMillan said;

“I am delighted to learn that Mairi McFarlane has been named Headteacher of the Year at the Scottish Education Awards 2015.

“This is a great achievement for Mairi, her school and Inverclyde as a whole.

“Therefore, I have lodged a motion for support in the Scottish Parliament to recognise Mairi’s achievement and to highlight this to all my colleagues.”

Parliamentary motion lodged by Stuart McMillan MSP;

Motion Number: S4M-13497
Lodged By: Stuart McMillan
Date Lodged: 12/06/2015

Title: Mairi McFarlane, Headteacher of the Year

Motion Text:
That the Parliament congratulates Mairi McFarlane, from King’s Oak Primary School in Inverclyde, on being named Headteacher of the Year at the Scottish Education Awards 2015; notes that the awards ceremony, which was held at the Thistle Hotel in Glasgow, celebrated the successes and achievements taking place in Scottish education; acknowledges everyone who was nominated for an award, and welcomes the recognition that this has brought them.

McMillan Welcomes Supermarkets Decision to Donate Leftover Food to Charity

Stuart McMillan MSP (SNP) is today welcoming reports that Tesco supermarket is to launch a new scheme to donate leftover food to charity.

Mr McMillan has been campaigning for action to be taken to address the issue of food wastage and raised the matter with the Scottish Government.

Recently, legislation has been passed in France making it illegal for large supermarkets to throw away or destroy unsold food

Mr McMillan said:

“I am pleased to learn that Tesco is to launch a new scheme to donate leftover food to charity. This move is a welcomed step and demonstrates that supermarkets can ensure that food is not wasted.

“I was recently made aware by ASDA that they do not send any of their food wastage to landfill and donate thousands of tons of food to good causes.

“These measures are steps in the right direction and I hope other supermarkets will take similar action.

“We must never forget that currently thousands of our fellow Scots are reliant upon Foodbanks and Foodshare organisations. Therefore, I believe as politicians we must do all that we can to tackle the issue of food wastage and I will continue to raise this issue in public.”

McMillan Highlights Fund to Make Homes Cheaper to Keep Warm

Stuart McMillan MSP (SNP) has today (Thursday) highlighted a scheme which will assist some of Scotland’s poorest households as they are to receive a multi-million pound boost in 2015/16 to make their homes cheaper to keep warm.

The Scottish Government’s £5 million HEEPS: Cashback – Social Landlords Scheme offers funding to housing associations and local authority landlords towards energy efficiency measures.

It forms part of the Scottish Government’s record £119 million budget for fuel poverty and energy efficiency in 2015/16, and means social landlords can apply for up to £250,000 in funding to help drive down the cost of tenants’ fuel bills. The cash will help meet the cost of installing measures, such as solid wall insulation or hard-to-treat cavity wall insulation, in their housing stock

Mr McMillan also added:

“It’s important we continue to support households in Inverclyde and provide them with the necessary measures to make their homes cheaper to keep warm.

“This scheme from the Scottish Government will help address the issue of fuel poverty throughout Scotland and make homes more energy efficient.

“As the Housing Minister indicated, the cashback scheme is aimed at saving householder’s money by reducing their heating bills and will also cut carbon emissions.

“Full details of the scheme and how to apply will be published on the Energy Saving Trust website on Monday 8 June.”

The scheme will open to applications on Monday, June 8.

Full details of how to apply will be published on the Energy Saving Trust website on Monday 8 June: http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/scotland/organisations/national-and-local-government/social-housing/green-homes-cashback-for-social-housing-providers

McMillan calls on Inverclyde Council to apply for Regeneration Fund

The Scottish Government, along with CoSLA, has announced £25m to help regenerate disadvantaged communities across Scotland. A new round of applications is being invited to the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF).  This will provide financial support to projects that will help to deliver large scale positive improvements to deprived areas.  It will focus on projects that engage and involve local communities and those that can demonstrate the ability to deliver sustainable regeneration outcomes. Continue reading