June 14, 2019

Scotland will become the UK nation to set maximum limits for consumption of red processed meat over a school week, which will also reduce exposure to harmful nitrites.

The move is part of a new initiative to make school food healthier and increases the amount of fruit and vegetables served, whilst significantly reducing the amount of sugar availa...

May 28, 2019

Kenneth chats briefly about his work, over many years, with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) in the Scottish Parliament.

Please click on the video above to watch.

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May 2, 2019

At the debate on Parkinson's in Scotland on Tuesday, Kenneth spoke about some of the work he has been doing to support people affected by the condition across his constituency. 

To view his speech, please click on the video.

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April 26, 2019

This Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness Week (22-28 April), the MS Society Scotland were in the Scottish Parliament to raise awareness of the important role research plays in the lives of people affected by MS.

MS affects more than 11,000 people in Scotland. However, the MS Society is driving research into more and better treatments.

The charity cu...

April 1, 2019

As of 01 April, the expansion of free personal care to anyone who is assessed as requiring it came into force.

The legislation is often referred to as ‘Frank’s Law’ after former Dundee United footballer Frank Kopel who was diagnosed with dementia at the age of 59 and sadly died six years later in 2014.

Until now, the provision of free personal car...

March 29, 2019

Last Thursday, Kenneth participated in the Cross-Party Group (CPG) on Epilepsy, of which he is Convener.

On this occasion, Vice-Convenor and SNP Colleague Alasdair Allan MSP took the chair.

The meeting focused on the Scottish Epilepsy Deaths Study conducted by Dr Gashirai Mbizvo, Clinical Research Fellow in Neurology at the Muir Maxwell Epilepsy C...

March 18, 2019

The SNP Government is introducing new legislation to protect Scottish residents who have chosen to access cross-border healthcare in the European Economic Area (EEA) - the European Union (EU) plus Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein - in the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit.

The legislation aims to ensure there is no interruption to healthcare arrangements...

March 15, 2019

 For most people primary care is their first point of contact with the National Health Service.

Primary care is provided by generalist health professionals including general practitioners (GPs), community nurses, midwives and pharmacists, dentists and opticians. GP practice receptionists and practice managers are also members of the team which mi...

February 28, 2019

On Tuesday, Kenneth spoke in the Stage 1 Debate on the Human Tissue (Authorisation) (Scotland) Bill, which seeks to introduce a soft opt-out system of organ and tissue donation for deceased donors.

Having long campaigned on the issue, Kenneth was pleased to lend his whole-hearted support to the principals of the Bill and highlighted that while th...

February 26, 2019

On Tuesday in the Chamber, Kenneth asked Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport Jeane Freeman MSP what progress has been made implementing a child death review process, in light of recent ONS figures showing that 218 avoidable child deaths occurred in Scotland in 2017.

In her response, the Cabinet Secretary confirmed that the Scottish Government...

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