NATIONALIST CURRENCY PLANS IN TATTERS – SIMPSON

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NATIONALIST CURRENCY PLANS IN TATTERS – SIMPSON

The only way to guarantee that we keep the UK pound is to vote to stay in the UK, Dr Richard Simpson said today.
The Scottish Labour MSP for Mid-Scotland and Fife was speaking after a new report made it clear that the rest of the UK would be ‘highly unlikely’ to enter into a new, Eurozone style currency union with Scotland if we vote to leave the UK.

The report, from the Treasury, leaves the nationalists currency plans in tatters. This leaves Scotland facing the prospect of either having to adopt the Euro or launch a new currency altogether if we separate from the UK.

The nationalists have now started arguing in public about what their currency plan should be. John Swinney continues to push the ‘highly unlikely’ option of a currency union with the country we would have just walked away from, while Yes Scotland board member Patrick Harvie has called for a new currency to be created.

Dr Simpson said
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“The nationalists plans on currency are in absolute tatters. They have spent years chopping and changing what their policy would be and now every option open to them has either been ruled out or is much worse than what we have at present.
“First of all they wanted the Euro, then they wanted us to join the ranks of countries such as Palau, the Marshall Islands and East Timor and not actually have a currency. Now they have asserted that the rest of the UK would be happy to enter into some kind of Eurozone style currency union with us, even although we had just told them that we didn’t want to be in the same country as them.

“The Nationalists are trying to do on membership of the pound what they did on membership of the EU or NATO – asserting that everything would be ok, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
“Alex Salmond is asking us to take a huge gamble with our money. The only way to guarantee that we keep the UK pound is to vote to stay in the UK.”

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Notes to Editors
The full UK Treasury report can be found here – http://t.co/a1H3YEs6y9

Congratulations to NHS Fife

Immediate Release 24/04/13
Congratulations to NHS Fife

NHS Fife’s innovative work in reducing urinary tract infections associated with the use of catheters has been nationally recognised in the shortlist for this year’s Patient Safety Awards.

The awards singled out Shirley Magee, Clinical Effectiveness Facilitator, in the Infection Control and Hygiene Category for her work at NHS Fife. Building on previous work to create a system that helps staff and patients across services to minimise the risk of urinary infection caused by urinary catheters, staff now use a care bundle approach, a structured process followed when inserting and maintaining a patient’s catheter.

Piloted in community hospital wards, the success and learning from this initial work is now being spread across the whole organisation. The implementation of the new practice has reduced the number of infections, which in turn lessens other associated risks for patients.

Shirley said: “NHS Fife staff have worked hard and are committed to providing the best possible care to their patients. The introduction of the care bundles ensures that patients are given the right care, every time.

“Reducing these infections prevents other patient safety risks which can unnecessarily increase a patients’ length of stay.”

Dr Richard Simpson, MSP for Mid-Scotland and Fife, and also Scottish Labour’s Public Health spokesperson said: “It is truly excellent to see such innovative working coming from within Fife’s NHS hospitals. I hope that this national recognition means their best practice will go on to help patients all over Britain, as well as those currently benefiting in Fife. I send my sincere congratulations to Shirley Magee, her team, and all at NHS Fife, and the best of luck for the final stages of the awards!”

The Patient Safety Awards are organised by the Nursing Times and Health Service Journal with the ceremony to be held at the beginning of July.

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