SNP failure over pledge to detect cancer early in the Borders

Early detection rates for key cancers have fallen in the Scottish Borders, despite a Scottish Government pledge that they would increase by 25%, new figures reveal.

As Health Secretary in 2012, Nicola Sturgeon launched the Detect Cancer Early Programme, saying she would improve the rate of breast, lung and colorectal cancers found at the first stage by a quarter by the end of 2015.

 

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Named Persons in the Borders getting less than 3 hours training for the job

With less than two weeks to go until the named person scheme is rolled out in the Borders, it can be revealed that those involved are getting less than 3 hours training for the job.

While elsewhere in Scotland courses are lasting 5 days in the Scottish Borders new named persons are given just 3 hours of training, including a 15 minute coffee break.

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Scottish Government must act now following Peter Scott closures

The latest closure in Hawick reinforces the need for the Scottish Government to take meaningful action to boost the town, Hawick MSP John Lamont has said.

Yesterday, Peter Scott announced it will close next month, with the loss of 54 jobs.

Hawick MSP John Lamont has said now is not the time for warm words and that real action, like the creation of an Enterprise Zone, is needed immediately. 

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New Lottery Fund open to applications

A new funding programme, run by the Big Lottery Fund, has just been opened to local communities and voluntary organisations.

Big Lottery Fund’s ‘Celebrate Scotland ’ programme will provide grants of between £500 and £5000 for projects lasting up to 12 months that in some way bring people together to celebrate their local community. This could include something to do with local history or a local community hero, or just something which brings people to get to know their neighbours better. 

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Hard of hearing Borderers face longest wait for hearing aid

New Scottish Government figures show that NHS Borders has the longest waiting time for hearing aids in the whole of Scotland.

The Health Secretary has revealed that the average waiting time for the fitting of a hearing aid in NHS Borders is 10 weeks, compared to some health boards where most patients receive an aid within 7 days. 

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Lamont urges new Prime Minister to secure Scotland’s place in the UK

Commenting as Theresa May succeeds David Cameron as Prime Minister, local MSP John Lamont has said the new PM’s priorities must be to secure Scotland’s place in the UK and securing the best Brexit deal for the UK.

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Lamont 'pulls no punches' on visit to Hawick Boxing Club

Local MSP John Lamont has recently paid a visit to Hawick Boxing Club’s new premises on North Bridge Street.

The club, which recently signed a new long term lease, is enjoying one of its busiest periods in years. It offers boxing lessons and coaching to all ages and abilities 4 days a week

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Lamont welcomes funding boost for charities

Local MSP, John Lamont has welcomed a grant from Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland for The Borders Wheelchair Curling Club, based in Kelso. Every year, the Foundation distributes just under £1 million through its Henry Duncan Awards programme to grassroots charities working in their local communities. 

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Lamont warns against using EU vote for ‘political opportunism’

Local MSP John Lamont is warning the SNP against ‘political opportunism’ in the forthcoming negotiations over the UK’s exit from the European Union.

The Scottish Parliament debated the issue on Tuesday 27th June.

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Lamont praises Hawick High’s Polish School at End of Year Celebrations

Local MSP John Lamont has praised the contribution to the local area of Hawick High’s Saturday Polish School at their end of year celebrations.

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