26 September 2018

MSP Welcomes Scheme to Boost Health of Fishing Industry

Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson has welcomed a scheme which being launched in Peterhead providing free health checks for fishing communities.

The Fisherman’s Mission and Seafarers Hospital Society (SHS) charities said the SeaFit programme would be aimed at fishermen and their families.

Mr Stevenson welcomed the plans which will include dental checks, mental health support, and advice on drug and alcohol problems with a parliamentary motion.

The programme is being launched in Peterhead next Tuesday and has an aim to offer a long-term range of services.

Commenting, Stewart Stevenson MSP said:

“The coastal fishing communities in my constituency will now be able to benefit from services which will protect their health.

“Fishing is an arduous and sometimes dangerous occupation and making sure we enable fishermen and women to be able to work as best they can is important.

“I am pleased Peterhead will be at the forefront of this programme which I have no doubt will make a clear difference to the lives of those working in the sector.”

David Dickens, Chief Executive of the Fishermen's Mission, said:

"We know from our work in the community that the health and wellbeing needs of fishermen and their families are often just not being met.

"This event is the first of many initiatives that we will be launching around the UK over the next few months as part of the SeaFit Programme.

"All the services on offer are free and no appointment is needed, so if you live or work in the Peterhead area and you're interested in finding out more about getting SeaFit, come down to the Sea Cadets building and see what we can offer."

Peter Coulson, secretary of SHS, said:

"Fishing remains the most dangerous occupation in the world and yet there are no occupational health services for fishermen.

"We hope that by bringing a range of health and wellbeing services to fishermen and their families at the harbourside we will begin to make a real and sustainable difference to their health and wellbeing."

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