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2 April 2015

Stevenson Highlights the Importance of Prisoner Rehabilitation

Stewart Stevenson, SNP MSP for Banffshire & Buchan Coast, highlighted the importance of the rehabilitation of prisoners on release in a debate on the Prisoners (Scotland) Bill today (Thursday).

Mr Stevenson said:

“Each prisoner is an individual, and that must be considered when dealing with each one of them.”

Mr. Stevenson emphasised that parole boards need to be ready for the release of prisoners and have as much help as possible in helping to rehabilitate them, noting sex offenders as a top priority.

He added:

“Parole boards need to be well resourced, particularly when it comes to sex offenders.”

Mr Stevenson acknowledged that the bill is a good step towards further rehabilitation adding:

“This bill breathes confidence in the prison service - rehabilitation is the moral and economically correct thing to do.”

31 March 2015

Stevenson Welcomes Increase in Discharge Rates Across NHS Grampian

Stewart Stevenson, SNP MSP for Banffshire & Buchan Coast, has welcomed new figures that show that the NHS in Scotland treated more people than ever before from October to December 2014.

In NHS Grampian, the total number of inpatient and day case discharges in acute specialities has gone up from 34,386 in December 2013 to 35,741 in December 2014.

Across Scotland, inpatient and day case discharges in acute specialities rose by around 5000 during the last quarter of 2014 to around 395,000 – the highest number of hospital discharges on record.

Mr Stevenson said:

“NHS staff in Scotland are one of our best assets and these figures show that the standard of care in the North East has not been compromised by the challenges presented by increasing numbers of people coming through our hospitals.

“Reducing the number of people who are unnecessarily in hospital is one of the key priorities of the Scottish Government and measures such as intermediate care beds are being created to support the shift of more services into the local community.”

Today’s figures do not include intermediate care beds, however, there are now 700 intermediate care beds in Scotland which support older people and those preparing to leave hospital – 200 of which have been created this year.

27 March 2015

Stevenson Congratulates Buckie By-Election Victor

Banffshire & Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson has congratulated the winner of the Buckie by-election, SNP candidate Sonya Warren, on her election.

Mr Stevenson, who was present at the election count, said:

“I am delighted Sonya Warren has been elected to succeed well-respected local councillor Joe Mackay. I am sure she will be an excellent servant for the community.

“For the SNP, in the run-up to the General Election, this was a stunning result taking nearly 60% of the vote. Sonya will be a strong voice for Buckie, just as the SNP will be a strong voice for Scotland.”

Speaking after the decisive result Cllr Warren said:

"I fought this election in Buckie because I am passionate about my community and I will be a strong advocate for Buckie in Moray's Council Chamber.

"I thank the voters of Buckie Ward for their huge support in this election and the many people who helped me throughout my campaign.

"I am delighted to be joining an SNP Council Group in Moray that has fought to protect our schools, that supports our local town centres and that recognises the importance of investing in key assets like Buckie Harbour.

"The hard work of the campaign is now over and the hard work as a Buckie councillor begins."
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