Donald Cameron, Scottish Conservative MSP for the Highlands and Islands, has lent his support to those trying to improve the lives of people in Scotland living with terminal illness.
Meeting recently with representatives from the Marie Curie charity, Donald heard about their efforts to ensure that everyone should get the care and support they need at the end of life.
Marie Curie supported over 8,600 people in Scotland last year through their hospices, nursing care, and support services. Every five minutes someone dies without the care they need, often missing out on care because they have a condition other than terminal cancer such as organ failure or dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease and frailty.
Donald Cameron MSP said: “Providing support to people who have a terminal illness, and to their family and friends, is one of the most important services any society can provide. It is reassuring to know that an organisation like Marie Curie is there to help, but it is also clear that more could be done especially given the growing need for their services. I would like to wish Marie Curie every success in their efforts which are inspiring and deserve widespread support.”
Susan Brown, of Marie Curie said: “Thank you to Donald for supporting our call that everyone should get the care and support they need at the end of their life, regardless of their condition.”
And the MSP issued a separate warning that the R100 broadband project to deliver superfast broadband across Scotland is running behind schedule. Donald’s warning came after First Minster Nicola Sturgeon was unable to confirm that her government would deliver on its pledge by the end of the current Parliament in 2021. Her comments were made at a committee meeting of the Scottish Parliament held on Wednesday 8th May.
During that meeting, it was revealed that the procurement process designed to identify a contractor was already months behind schedule and that until that process was complete the First Minister could not confirm the details of the actual roll-out. The procurement process should have been concluded in February 2019.
Donald said: “Business owners continually tell me that they need the Government to be on their side and understand the challenges facing them. At the same time, one way that island and remote communities are seeking to address the challenges of depopulation is by attracting entrepreneurs to set up their businesses here and take advantage of the quality of life which we offer. But we cannot do that if the government continually fails us on providing vital infrastructure whether it is ferries, decent roads, or broadband.”