Andy Heer

Scottish Conservative Councillor

Howe of Fife & Tay Coast

Press Releases from Fife Conservative and Unionist Association

  • New figures show over-75s were ‘rushed out of hospital’

    Jun 2, 2020 | 10:55 am

    Figures released today have revealed an exodus of over 75s from hospitals to care homes and the community as Covid-19 spread.According to the ISD Scotland data, there were 1108 “bed blocking” patients over that age in hospital in the month of February, despite being fit to leave.By April, the delayed discharge data has revealed that figure dropped to just 331.That means nearly 800 of the most vulnerable individuals were sent out of hospital either to care homes, or back home to be looked after by family or carers in that crucial two-month period.And as numerous reports have now confirmed, these[…]

  • Number of coronavirus tests hits new low

    Jun 1, 2020 | 18:59 pm

    The number of coronavirus tests carried out yesterday (Sunday) was the lowest since the new drive began, it has emerged.Just 2729 tests took place, despite there now being capacity for 15,000 per day in Scotland.The Scottish Government began publishing capacity targets and testing numbers daily on April 30, with Nicola Sturgeon claiming she wanted to carry out 10,000 per day.But combined totals show there has been no serious improvement, with the number taking place yesterday 42 per cent lower than the previous Sunday.All over Scotland care homes have said their staff and residents need more testing, yet the SNP government[…]

  • UK Government’s coronavirus support for Scotland tops £10bn

    Jun 1, 2020 | 13:49 pm

    UK Government spending to help Scotland fight the impact of coronavirus has exceeded £10 billion, new analysis has revealed.Last week, the SNP admitted the bulk of emergency cash had come from Westminster.Now fresh figures have revealed the true scale of UK support for dealing with the pandemic.Barnett Consequentials from spending in England has resulted in £3.5 billion for the Scottish Government to distribute.Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s job retention scheme has led to spending of £4.8 billion, resulting in the protection of hundreds of thousands of jobs.Nearly £700 million has been invested in supporting the self-employed, and loans schemes have provided around[…]

  • Sturgeon faces major questions on UK care homes claim

    Jun 1, 2020 | 12:34 pm

    Nicola Sturgeon’s repeated assertion that UK stats under-reported care home deaths is now in serious question, after it emerged Scotland itself may have missed hundreds of Covid-19 deaths.The First Minister repeated her claim at the weekend that she was sceptical about how the UK Government collected and published figures in relation to coronavirus fatalities in care homes.That, she said, was why Scotland’s care home death rate appeared far higher than the UK average.However, it was reported this morning that up to 600 deaths in care homes north of the border have been missed off official coronavirus data.Research showed that while[…]

  • SNP fail to deliver more than 200,000 coronavirus tests in a month

    May 31, 2020 | 16:37 pm

    The SNP missed its own coronavirus testing target by more than 200,000 in the last month, it has emerged.Nicola Sturgeon said the Scottish government had capacity for 10,000 Covid-19 tests every day from April 30. This expanded to 12,000 a day on May 15 and 15,500 on May 26.This should have resulted in 359,500 Scots being tested over the four weeks since April 30.But this target has been missed by more than 40% as a “shocking” 212,088 tests haven’t been conducted.Scottish Conservative leader Jackson Carlaw slammed the SNP’s failure to carry out the first principles of Scotland’s test, trace and isolate strategy.The Scottish Conservatives have repeatedly[…]

  • Time for Holyrood to return in full

    May 31, 2020 | 01:00 am

    Scottish Parliament business should resume in full to ensure maximum scrutiny of the SNP government’s response to the coronavirus, the Scottish Conservatives have said.Since lockdown, Holyrood has only operated on a limited basis, with much of the day-to-day business grinding to a halt.Now leader Jackson Carlaw has said the parliament must get back into full swing, taking into account social distancing and making more use of technology.He argued that while First Minister’s Questions and some committee events were still taking place, many other important aspects needed to return during the first phase of lockdown exit.Opposition party debates, ministerial statements and[…]

  • St Andrews Councillor calls for grants for licensed premises

    May 29, 2020 | 13:57 pm

    Conservative Councillor Dominic Nolan has called for a fresh look at the grants available for pubs, restaurants and visitor attractions.Councillor Nolan explained, “Grants of £25,000 are available for businesses with a rateable value under £51,000”“The problem is that licensed premises are assessed for rates in a different way. They are assessed not on their turnover like other businesses but on their theoretical potential turnover. This results in their rateable value being much higher than comparable premises and means that they don’t qualify for a grant.”“Unless this anomaly is addressed urgently towns like St Andrews and Dunfermline which used to have[…]

  • Homebuyers left in limbo are desperate for construction sites to reopen

    May 29, 2020 | 13:51 pm

    Desperate members of the public are pleading for construction sites to reopen as they wait, without any end in sight, for their new homes to be completed.The Scottish Government still hasn’t confirmed a date that construction can begin again in Scotland causing 6,000 would-be homeowners unimaginable frustration, inconvenience and cost.For many anxiously waiting, the work to be completed on their new homes is extremely minor.Getting increasingly frustrated First Time Buyers Ryan Barr (26) and Jodie Wardrop (25) are one young couple caught up in lockdown housing limbo. Both have been living with their respective parents as they saved up for the deposit[…]

  • Don’t hang health boards out to try on Covid-19 testing, SNP told

    May 29, 2020 | 12:35 pm

    The SNP has been told not to “hang health boards out to dry” on the issue of coronavirus testing, after major concerns were raised by a health board.It was reported in today’s Courier that NHS Tayside is “scrambling” to get enough people in to carry out the test, trace and isolate scheme which is due to start on Monday.Nicola Sturgeon previously said 2000 contact tracers would be in place by June 1, although she has since gone back on that pledge, arguing that only a few hundred are needed to begin with.But Dr Drew Walker, a public health expert at[…]

  • Prisoners ‘not routinely’ Covid tested before release

    May 29, 2020 | 11:22 am

    The Scottish Conservatives have called for mandatory testing of all prisoners prior to release after it emerged the Scottish Government does not routinely test prisoners released into society.In a written answer to Liam Kerr, Scottish Conservative shadow justice secretary, the Minister for Public Health, Joe Fitzpatrick admitted that prisoners are “not routinely tested for Covid-19 prior to liberation”.Official figures show that on average there are over ten thousand unused coronavirus tests every day, more than enough to test each liberated prisoner.Scottish prisons previously have had hundreds of staff self-isolating, and in the prison population itself, at least 6 prisoners have[…]

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