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Edward Mountain MSP delivers speech on Salmon Farming in Scotland report

The Rural Economy and Connectivity (REC) Committee delivered a wide-ranging report on Salmon Farming in Scotland.

In my speech as Convenor of the REC Committee, I set out that the salmon famning industry is of big economic value to rural Scotland.

However, the industry faces serious challenges - such as lowering mortality rates and reducing environmental impact - and the REC Committee’s report offers recommendations on how salmon faming can grow sustainably and responsibly in the future.

VIDEO OF MY SPEECH ON SALMON FARMING IN SCOTLAND.

Ashley Atkins
Edward Mountain MSP calls for more clarity on Mental Health First Aid Training rollout in schools

I welcome the Scottish Government’s commitment to provide mental health first aid training to teachers, but I believe they need to go further than that.

Mental health first aid training should be made available to all school staff. 

The Cabinet Secretary stated today that training will be available for ‘key staff’, but what does that mean exactly?

There is no firm commitment to offer training to teaching assistants or additional support needs staff. School staff across Scotland need more clarity than this.

VIDEO OF MY QUESTION TO THE EDUCATION SECRETARY ON MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING IN SCHOOLS.

Ashley Atkins
Edward Mountain MSP challenges Justice Secretary on Inverness Prison overcrowding

The Justice Secretary today confirmed that the construction of a new prison in Inverness is not top priority, despite admitting continued overcrowding at HM Prison Inverness is a “great shame.”

I am disappointed that Inverness is not further up the priority list. This can only result in more overcrowding and prisoners from the Highlands being moved to prisons outwith the region, making family contact more difficult

It is vital we build the new prison for the Highlands as a matter of urgency.

VIDEO OF MY PORTFOLIO QUESTION TO THE CABINET SECRETARY FOR JUSTICE.

Ashley Atkins
Edward Mountain MSP calls for Fairer Hospital TV Charges in Holyrood Debate

Today I led a Members’ debate in which I condemned the extortionate fees for bedside hospital TV.

I believe that the charges for bedside TV for short-stay patients is a rip off and for long-stay patients it is daylight robbery.

This has gone on for too long. Health boards like NHS Highland signed a contract for 15 years and we should not forget that none of the revenues raised by bedside TV providers goes back into our hospitals.

The Scottish Government must never let that happen again.

VIDEO OF MY MEMBERS’ DEBATE CALLING FOR FAIRER HOSPITAL TV CHARGES.

Ashley Atkins
Edward Mountain MSP secures promises from Health Secretary on Hospital TV Charges

I am delighted that the Health Secretary has promised to give me an undertaking that she will work with NHS Highland to secure a better deal for patients and that the Scottish Government are seriously considering the feasibility of free bedside television.

This is a big step forward in the Campaign for Fairer Hospital TV charges.

VIDEO OF MY GENERAL QUESTION TO THE CABINET SECREATRY FOR HEALTH & SPORT.

Ashley Atkins