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Meetings held with SPT and Stagecoach and alternative operators being sought.

Along with Cllrs Letford and Scally, we had a constructive meeting with Ronnie Park from SPT who listened carefully to both the identified community needs in terms of retaining the G1 and G2, as well as a number of potential service improvements which could make routes more attractive to potential alternative bus companies.

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Today at the Scottish Parliament, I met with staff from Marie Curie to hear about their work and got behind the daffodil to lend my support to the Great Daffodil Appeal.

Last year they provided care and support for more than 7,400 people living with a terminal illness in Scotland.

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The G1 and G2 bus services run from Maryhill and Kelvindale to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and will be terminated by Stagecoach on April 23 after they were deemed not "commercially viable". They are new services that have run for the past six months.

The two buses take residents directly to the new hospital. Along with SNP Councillors John Letford and Franny Scally, I have met Stagecoach, but they won't budge. Despite not being willing to reverse their decision, Stagecoach acknowledged there may be ways to drive up passenger numbers and retain an important transport link for communities in areas such as Wyndford and Kelvindale.

We will be meeting with SPT to work in partnership to find a solution when we meet with them next week.

I am inundated with messages from constituents saying how much they rely on the service. I would urge constituents to sign our community petition calling for the G1 and G2 services to continue.

To sign the petition click here

See more about this story at http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/14313833.Petition_launched_to_save_bus_services_to_Queen_Elizabeth_University_Hospital/

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Number of staff soars to all time high.

Labour’s latest attempts to spread fear over the future of local health services are nothing more than hypocrisy. It was the SNP that saved services earmarked for closure by the previous Labour government.

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Several constituents have been in contact with me about significant issues in relation to flooding in Summerston, and in particular at the railway bridge on Sandbank Street. I have been in correspondence with Glasgow City Council for several months on this matter, and certainly before the most recent period of flooding. Staying in Summerston myself I well know this flooding has been a long term problem in this area and I am disappointed that the City Council has never previously sought a long term solution.

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Scotland continues to become a healthier nation – with deaths from heart disease and strokes falling by a third since the SNP came to government in 2007.

Figures released today show that mortality rates for coronary heart disease have dropped by 36% and deaths from strokes have fallen 33% since 2007.

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Tributes paid to hard-working NHS staff

Today's strong A&E figures show that SNP investment in the health service is continuing to pay off – supporting hard-working NHS staff in delivering a first-class service for patients.

Figures published today show that during the week ending 27 December, 96.1 per cent of patients were treated within four hours at core sites – above the interim target of 95 per cent.

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Bob Doris MSPSNP MSP for Glasgow and deputy convener of the Scottish Parliament Health & Sport committee, Bob Doris congratulates the nearly 200 former nurses and midwives who are expected to return to practice this year. The number is almost double the Scottish Government’s initial target, making the programme a resounding success.

Over 40 participants have already completed Return to Practice programmes in 2015, allowing them to retrain and re-enter the nursing and midwifery workforce.

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