DEBATE ON ACCESS TO VITAL MEDICINES

On Wednesday, I took part in a debate on widening the access to vital medicines. The Scottish Government has significantly improved access to new medicines in recent years, and furthermore, are currently in the process of implementing recommendations from a review which will mean faster access to new treatments.

MINISTERIAL STATEMENT ON COMPLAINTS AND CONDUCT REVIEW

Dame Elish Angiolini is to review the processes for handling complaints against the police. The independent review, commissioned by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Michael Matheson MSP, and Lord Advocate James Wolffe, will look at how serious incidents and alleged misconduct are investigated. I took part in a Ministerial Statement announcing the launch of the review.

DEBATE ON CELEBRATING SCOTLAND’S VOLUNTEERS

It was a pleasure to take part in a debate today marking Volunteers’ Week – and it was a great opportunity to highlight some of the tremendous work undertaken by volunteers in my Rutherglen constituency. From Rutherglen and Cambuslang Foodbank, to R:evolve Recycle and Blantyre Soccer Academy, there are thousands of selfless people who give up their time which ensures that our communities continue to thrive.