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People with mental health conditions save £4.8m on prescriptions

The SNP has today welcomed new figures, obtained through a Parliamentary Question, which show that people with long-term and mental health conditions are saving millions as a result of the abolition of prescription charges in Scotland.

The figures show that in 2015-16 it is expected that people with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease will save £2.6 million as a result of the policy and people with cardiovascular conditions will save £4.6 million. In England, people with long-term and mental health conditions face prescription charges of £8.20 per item, following a further increase in April.

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SNP MSP Bob Doris has today welcomed new figures showing the number of beds occupied by delayed discharge has fallen to its lowest level since 2013.

Today’s figures from ISD Scotland show a reduction of nine per cent in May 2015 - or nearly 5,000 bed days - when compared to the same month last year.

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Bob with local SNP members following Bob Doris’ unanimous endorsement meeting at Maryhill Burgh Halls on 22nd JulySNP MSP for Glasgow, Bob Doris, was recently selected to contest the Maryhill and Springburn Scottish Parliamentary seat at next year’s Scottish elections. The endorsement meeting, held in Maryhill’s Burgh Halls, unanimously backed Bob to win the seat from Labour who currently hold the constituency. Bob, who stays in Maryhill, has served as a Regional MSP for Glasgow since 2007. The meeting was chaired by the new MP for Glasgow North, Patrick Grady, who is also the SNP’s National Secretary.

Commenting on becoming the candidate Bob Doris said: “It is both an honour and a privilege to be selected to contest the 2016 Scottish Parliamentary elections for the SNP. It is also a great responsibility but one that I am ready for. It has been humbling to see the growth in SNP support across Maryhill and Springburn which has led to SNP MP’s Anne McLaughlin and Patrick Grady now representing our local communities at Westminster. It has been humbling to see so many former Labour voters switch to the SNP. Unlike Labour, the SNP will not take their support for granted.

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Bob presenting the winning Team Somalia their trophy after the final against the Scottish Fire ServiceSNP MSP for Glasgow, Bob Doris, brought a team of MP’s and Councillors to Springburn to play in a friendly football match against veteran African footballers at Petershill Park recently.

The game was part of a week long series of events, organised by local charity African Challenge Scotland, aimed at providing opportunities for the African community in north Glasgow to learn more about their history and culture. The week gave families from all backgrounds in the north of the city and beyond the opportunity to participate in various sporting and cultural events over the seven days.

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Bob with Joanne Martin and Dame SilverSNP MSP for Glasgow, Bob Doris, recently held a meeting with former Springburn Academy student, Joanne Martin, and the chair of the Scottish Government Commission on widening access, Dame Ruth Silver. The meeting, which was held in Bob’s constituency office, was an opportunity for Joanne, who recently won a place at Aberdeen Medical School, to outline the challenges and barriers she encountered in trying to gain a place at medical school. Joanne was turned down from various Medical Schools on eight occasions despite having all the required grades.

Bob has been working with Joanne for several months to challenge the selection criteria at various medical schools, which they both considered to be unfair towards students in state schools, particularly in deprived areas. Joanne has since gained a place at Aberdeen Medical School and will take her place up this September. The meeting will be used to inform Dame Silver’s Commission, who will make recommendations to the Scottish Government on how to further improve access to Scotland’s Universities for those from the most deprived areas in Scotland.

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Modern Apprenticeships, a great opportunity for young people aged between 16 and 24 to build their skills whilst earning money; have witnessed a 45% increase in Glasgow since 2007. Modern Apprenticeships give young people the chance to take on responsibility and gain experience with the prospect of a fulltime job afterwards. Every year the number of young people on Modern Apprenticeships is continuing to increase, giving thousands more young people the skills they need to enter the workforce.

SNP MSP for Glasgow, Bob Doris said: “The increasing number of Modern Apprenticeships both locally and across Scotland is brilliant news for young people. This increase also highlights how effective the Scottish Government has been since 2007, in ensuring the next generation of workers are ready for the world of work. We have a Scottish Government that is committed to up skilling and empowering our youth.

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SNP will continue to work hard to improve Scotland's NHS

The SNP is today welcoming new A&E figures which show that the Scottish Government’s interim target of treating 95 per cent of patients within four hours has been exceeded – and is pledging to continue to work hard to further improve Scotland’s health service.

The figures released today for the week ended July 12th show that 95.4 per cent of A&E patients were treated within four hours – the best performance levels since weekly reporting of figures began in February.

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Commonwealth Games legacy could bring sports hub to Royston

SNP MSP Bob Doris for Glasgow has welcomed new funding for Royston Youth Action (RYA), £24,900, through a Scottish Government; Legacy 2014 Sustainable Sport for Communities Fund which comes from £500,000 provided by the Scottish Government Legacy 2014 programme and £500,000 from The Robertson Trust. – which will help to encourage physical activity in the local area and provide vital support to a local social enterprise.

This new funding comes as part of the Scottish Government’s Legacy 2014 Sustainable Sport for Communities Fund, designed to support sport-related social enterprises, enabling them to become sustainable in the long run and help people become more physically active.

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SNP wish Andy Murray well ahead of Wimbledon

The SNP is today wishing Andy Murray the best of luck ahead of the start of Wimbledon tomorrow (Mon) – and has welcomed new research showing Scottish Government investment in grassroots sports to support the next generation of Scottish sport stars.

Figures from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) show that Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund has distributed £10m to 188 projects across Scotland – while the Big Lottery Fund Scotland has given out £6.4m in grants to 4,192 projects to encourage grassroots participation in sport.

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