Tavish raises signal problems with Vodafone

Following ongoing problems with Vodafone's signal in the Delting area, Tavish Scott this week spoke to the company's senior government affairs manager, Graham Dunn, to press for solutions. 

Tavish also invited the company up to Shetland for the next Digital Forum due to be held in August. Further details of the event will be released in due course. 

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Tavish supports health and social care professionals in Parliament

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Shetland's MSP Tavish Scott has supported calls for better information about local health and social care services across Scotland.

Tavish met with staff with from Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (also known as ALLIANCE) before Parliament broke for its summer recess.

ALLIANCE are calling for the views of the two million people in Scotland living with a long term condition to be heard.

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Tavish calls for junior doctor placements in Shetland and other rural areas

Figures released today by NHS Education Scotland show an increase in the number of would-be junior doctors selecting Scotland as their first preference for continuing their training.

Over 96% of medical training posts have been filled for the 2016/17 academic year. Shetland has faced a GP recruitment crisis over a number of years with a number of permanent posts unfilled. NHS Shetland’s spending on temporary doctors – locums – has risen and some Shetland practices have merged. More recently Dr Susan Bowie has been using social media to advertise for GP assistance for the Hillswick practice.

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Tavish questions First Minister on fisheries policy post-Brexit vote

Tavish today asked First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to recognise that the majority of people involved in the fishing industry voted to leave the EU last Thursday. Speaking at Holyrood’s First Minister’s Questions, Tavish asked the FM to recognise that decades of the failing Common Fisheries Policy underpinned the rejection of the EU and emphasised that irrespective of the Scottish Government's preferred option moving forward, existing fishing policy can not stay the same.

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Tavish receives response from Scottish Government on broadband

Following a letter to the Scottish Government earlier this month on the commitment to deliver 100% superfast broadband by 2021, Tavish today received a response from Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing. 

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Northern Isles representatives call for stability after referendum result

Following the result of the referendum on the European Union, Orkney and Shetland’s MSPs and MP have called for a period of stability before any decisions about the UK’s withdrawal from the EU are made.

Voters in both Orkney and Shetland supported the UK’s continued membership of the EU, with the remain vote reaching 63.2% and 56.5% respectively. The overall vote across the UK saw 51.9% of voters back the leave campaign. 

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Tavish raises discard ban with Rural Economy Secretary

Tavish today questioned the Scottish Fisheries Minister over the implementation of the discard ban.

Noting concerns raised by Shetland's white fish industry and the Shetland Fishermen's Association on choke species, Tavish called for Fergus Ewing to meet with the industry in Shetland.

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Tavish pushes Scottish Government on support for Shetland and Scalloway colleges

During a Holyrood debate on further and higher education this week, Tavish highlighted the federal structure of the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) and the need for its partner institutions, which include Shetland College and NAFC, to be treated equally. 

Tavish recently met with the principals of both local colleges to discuss their future plans, funding and their relationship with UHI. Concerns have been raised about the top-slicing of up to 30% of budgets by UHI's central office in Inverness, meaning less money for teaching in Shetland and across the region. 

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Tavish Scott highlights Refugee Festival in Parliament

Shetland MSP Tavish Scott has lodged a Parliamentary Motion highlighting the annual Refugee Festival Scotland which begins today (14th June) and runs until 26th June.

Over the next two weeks a variety of events will be held across the country celebrating the contributions refugees make to life in Scotland.

Tavish’s motion also highlights the upcoming special performance due to be held in Lerwick Baptist Church on 17th June. Migrants: A Shetland Response will use aspects of the local environment to draw attention to the struggle faced by refugees fleeing conflict in the Middle East and Africa.

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Tavish questions First Minister on decommissioning commitment

During today’s First Minister’s Questions, Shetland MSP Tavish Scott questioned Nicola Sturgeon on her commitment to ensuring oil and gas decommissioning work remains in Scotland. 

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