Eating Disorders Week

As with many other mental illnesses, eating disorders are misunderstood. They are not fads, phases, or ‘diets gone wrong’. Assumptions abound: they affect white, middle-class, teenage girls, who starve themselves to look like models they see in magazines.


Treatment Targets for Eating Disorders

A Westminster debate held during Eating Disorder Awareness Week today heard that Scottish treatment targets “have to be addressed” or risk young lives.

GP Appointment provision at Brechin Health Centre

I have written to Grant Archibald, Chief Executive of Tayside NHS regarding the ongoing issues that many residents in Brechin continue to face trying to book an appointment with their GP at Brechin Health Centre.


Easting Disorders Awareness Speech

I beg to move that this House considers Eating Disorder Awareness Week

Of course, as we are in the midst of EDAW, it is a timely date to remind ourselves of the good work which has been achieved in the past year but also look forward to where we want to be this time next year.

National Lottery Event

More than 150 Angus community groups and representatives attended a "routes to funding" session organised by the local MP.
Big Lottery Fund representative Ulrick spoke to attendees at the event in St Andrew’s Church Hall, Arbroath on February 22.

Cancelled Operations over Christmas

Nearly 100 operations were cancelled by NHS Tayside in an eight-week period from December to January, figures obtained by the Scottish Conservatives have revealed.


Tay Cities Deal Broadband Funding

Today Luke Graham MP and I have written to David Mundell, Secretary of State for Scotland calling for the extra £2 million pound fund for broadband rollount as part of the Tay Cities Deal be made available to local councils as soon as possible.


Santander Banking Closures

The MP for Angus today called on all High Street banks to launch “rural hubs” to help communities struggling from a litany of closures.

Kirstene Hair told MPs that Santander’s recent decision to close two branches in Forfar and Brechin means 100,000 people have only one between them.

Santander Bank Closures Debate Speech

It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies. I congratulate David Linden on securing this important debate; we can see from the number of Members present the powerful cross-party consensus on the impact of bank branch closures on our local communities.

GP Appointments in Brechin

The MP for Angus has asked health chiefs to broker a solution to “untenable” GP waiting arrangements among many constituents.

Ill locals who attend Brechin Health Centre have been seen on a triage basis since the practice ran with reduced GPs a few years ago.