McArthur brands NHS Orkney's Chief Exec's position "untenable"

In response to news that NHS Orkney Chief Executive Designate, Iain Stewart made a visit to Glasgow for personal reasons during the early stages of lockdown, Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur has called for Mr Stewart to go or be removed.

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Vote to be held on closing the "one rule for politicians" safeguarding loophole

Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today said "it can't be one rule for politicians and another rule for everyone else" as he put forward fresh proposals for experts to examine how basic safeguarding procedures could be applied to positions of power, preventing people who haven't been vetted having unsupervised contact with children and vulnerable adults.

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First Minister u-turns on local test data

Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur has criticised the First Minister for ‘backtracking’ over the publication of local testing data.

In recent weeks, Mr McArthur has been pushing for the Scottish Government to release local testing data, arguing that this is necessary to build public confidence and ensure compliance as restrictions start to be lifted.

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125 hospital virus cases outside COVID wards

Commenting on new information from the Scottish Government confirming that in the period up to 3 June, Health Boards reported to Health Protection Scotland (HPS) a total of 125 incidents involving COVID-19 cases outside the COVID-19 wards, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

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Government U-Turn victory for some, but not for Stone

Today the Government has announced a U-Turn on their 'physical voting' policy, which would have disenfranchised many MPs who are shielding or have caring responsibilities. However, the wording of 'Proxy Voting Standing Order' continues to exclude carers of disabled adults - Far North MP, Jamie Stone - is the only MP in that category. 

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Rennie seeks update on Scotland’s antibody tests

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today called on the Health Secretary to set out details of the Scottish Government’s intended use of and supplies of antibody tests and clarify what role she expects the tests to play in getting the country “back up and running”.

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Cole-Hamilton: Government needs to offer clarity on its approach to asymptomatic testing

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today written to the Health Secretary, Jeane Freeman, urging her to publish the scientific advice which informed the government's approach to asymptomatic transmission in care homes and called on her to clarify her comments on the value of testing asymptomatic individuals.

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Rennie welcomes SNP and Scot Labour support for Brexit transition extension

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today welcomed support from the SNP and Scottish Labour for an extension to the Brexit negotiations.

On Wednesday 3rd June, Mr Rennie wrote to his fellow Scottish party leaders calling for a joint letter to the Prime Minister proposing an extension and repeated his calls in the Scottish Parliament chamber today.

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Rennie calls for Scottish leaders to jointly press for Brexit transition extension

Ahead of Wednesday's Scottish Parliament Brexit statement, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has invited his fellow party leaders to sign a joint letter to the UK Government requesting an extension to the Brexit transition period until after the coronavirus crisis has subsided. 

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McArthur increases pressure on ministers to publish local testing figures

Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur, has increased pressure on Ministers to agree to publish the number of Covid-19 tests being carried out in each local health board area.

Last month, Mr McArthur secured an assurance from the First Minister that she would ‘discuss the practicalities’ of how the publication of localised testing figures could be done. However, the data is still not publicly available, despite the Test and Protect system now up and running across the country.

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