Local News for Friday 11th January 2019

ISLES MP WILL VOTE AGAINST PM’s BREXIT DEAL

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP Angus MacNeil will vote against the Prime Minister's Brexit deal in the House of Commons next week.
The delayed 'Meaningful Vote' is scheduled to take place next Tuesday (January 15th) following several days of debate that started on Wednesday.

Mr MacNeil says the Prime Minister has made the UK an 'international laughing stock' due to the ongoing Brexit chaos and that the time has come
for Scotland to take its own path. He said: ‘Even the most deluded can see that Brexit is not going terribly well and that the UK is now an international laughing stock. The delusions of the Prime Minister, the Tory Party and the Labour Party leadership must come to an end after next week's vote.

Theresa May's Brexit deal will be economically damaging for all of us, no deal will be even worse. The SNP Group of MPs will vote against the Prime Minister's Brexit deal and would support any move to hold a second referendum, a People's Vote on EU membership’.


LABOUR SAY – 100+ IN DELAYS AT WESTERN ISLES A&E

Over 100 people waited too long at NHS Western Isles A&E departments in 2018, new figures released recently reveal say Scottish Labour.
Data published by ISD Scotland reveals that 102 people waited more than 4 hours at Accident and Emergency last year.

This figure represents a 96.2% increase from 2017.
Scottish Labour said the figures evidenced the stress our health service is under.

David Stewart, Highlands and Islands Regional Labour MSP and Shadow Minister for Health said: ‘Patients and staff in NHS Western Isles deserve better than this. I have been concerned about the pressures on the NHS for some time and increasing numbers of people waiting too long at A&E reveals unacceptable pressure in other parts of our health service such as in social care and primary care.

We already know that staff do not feel they are getting enough support and that the level of unfilled health posts is unsustainable. SNP Ministers set the health service targets for staff to hit and then do not deliver the support and resources needed. It simply isn’t good enough.’


WATCH OUT FOR WESTERN ISLES TV LICENCING SCAM

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Trading Standards are advising residents to be aware of a mail scam currently in circulation, which claims to be from TV licencing.

The message states the recipient has either fallen behind with payments, or is due a TV licencing refund.

A payment link on the message directs you to a fake version of the official TV licencing site, and there have been reports of bank accounts being emptied by the scammers.

A spokesperson advised “If you suspect an email might be from a scammer, do not click on any links or open any attachments in the email. Scammers may trick you into installing viruses or giving away your personal and bank details. If you have given any bank details you should contact your bank immediately.”