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Mental health of young people a 'key priority' for SNP

The SNP has today highlighted new figures, compiled by the Scottish Parliament’s Information Centre (SPICe), which show that the number of NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services staff (CAMHS) in Scotland has increased by almost half since the SNP came to office.

The number of CAMHS staff in Scotland has increased from 653.7 WTE to 979.5 WTE between 2006 and June 2015 – an increase of 49.8 per cent. Over the same period the number of CAMHS nursing staff has increased by 46.3 per cent – from 279.9 WTE in 2006 to 409.5 WTE in June 2015.

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Bob visiting with Marie Curie nurses and staffSNP MSP, Bob Doris, for Glasgow and deputy convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee has welcomed the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Shona Robison MSP’s announcement of a major investment in palliative care research.

The investment is supporting Marie Curie in its largest ever research in partnership with the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MND Association), totalling £1,425,000.

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Campaign launch

The first shots have been fired in the election campaign for next year’s Holyrood elections. The SNP candidate Bob Doris was joined by around 30 local volunteers in Maryhill for a rally ahead of taking to the doors and chatting to voters across Maryhill and Springburn later in the day.

Bob is currently a regional list MSP for Glasgow and stays in Maryhill. He is determined to unseat the sitting Labour MSP and become the constituency MSP for Maryhill and Springburn. Bob's first campaign initiative is to conduct a winter survey, asking local communities what matters to them most. The campaign leaflet also focuses on protecting public services and gaining more powers to defend Scotland against UK austerity. It also highlights local campaigning matters including fighting to save the M3 bus service as well as emphasising the recent victory to save our school buses for 1,500 children.

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SNP MSP for Glasgow, Bob Doris, recently visited a parents and toddlers’ group at the Roystonhill Community Centre. The visit followed the good news that St Roch's Childcare received £390,832 from the Big Lottery Fund to support its "Play at our Place" project for the next three years, which enables it to develop services to meet increased demand as well as expand into neighbouring communities including Germiston and Blackhill.

The project will offer vulnerable families, including parent and toddler groups, family workshops, one-to-one support, and a respite care service for parents and a crèche provision. Bob took time out to chat to staff and parents and was excited to hear how the range of child care facilities on offer benefits families across Royston and beyond.

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Bob - Conference-2015Local SNP MSP, Bob Doris recently attended the SNP Conference in Aberdeen. He was joined by around 3,500 delegates from across Scotland as the Party fired the starting pistol for the race to the Scottish elections next May. Bob was joined by hundreds of delegates from across Glasgow, including many from local communities across the north of the city.

The Conference highlighted a number of commitments by the Scottish National Party, including First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP pledging 50,000 additional affordable homes and more flexible enhanced child care. Bob, who is the SNP candidate in the Maryhill and Springburn constituency in the upcoming Scottish elections, co-sponsored two successful resolutions - one on protecting public services and another on a fairer Scotland.

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SNP remain committed to minimum pricing

As a major international alcohol policy conference gets underway in Scotland, the SNP government has received praise from its chair for showing “political courage” in pursuing minimum unit pricing for alcohol.

The Global Alcohol Policy Alliance (GAPA) will hold its annual conference in Scotland over the next two days and its chair, Derek Rutherford, has praised the Scottish Government for seeking to implement minimum unit pricing for alcohol. Over 400 health researchers and campaigners from 50 countries will attend the conference.

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