Published: Saturday, 23 August 2014 08:08
Referendum campaign OK for schools
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is one of only five councils in Scotland who have not banned Referendum campaigners from campaigning in schools. Research published today by the BBC found that 27 of the 32 councils in Scotland had banned campaigning activity from school premises, but Comhairle nan Eilean Siar was one of the five who allowed it to go ahead. Campaigning has now entered the strictly controlled period of 28 days before the actual Referendum date, when public bodies have to abide by clear guidance on what can be announced or debated, in case it influences people’s voting. Electoral Commission guidelines give no specific guidance on whether campaign groups can visit schools ahead of polling day, when high school students aged 16 and 17 will be able to vote for the first time in a national poll. A Comhairle spokesman told researchers: “The two campaign groups are allowed to visit secondary schools. The visits are managed by school leaders who are required to ensure that such visits comply with the guidance issued by the Comhairle.”
Read more: Local News for Saturday 23rd August 2014
Published: Friday, 22 August 2014 08:30
Pharmacy support for GPs
A one-year pilot project is to give GP patients access to pharmacist advice outside Stornoway. The Scottish Government is funding the £62,000 pilot project which will involve a pharmacist providing advice to patients, especially those with long term conditions or needing lots of different medications. One pharmacist will work with dispensing GP practices in Lewis and Harris, with the other in the Uists and Barra. There are currently only three community pharmacies within the Western Isles, in Stornoway and Back. Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Alex Neil, said: "It is expected this pilot project will make a big difference to those people living in the Western Isles without access to a pharmacist.
People may have questions about their medication but feel reluctant to 'bother' their doctor. By introducing pharmacist support in this way, patients will have access to clinical advice and support from a pharmacist as part of the wider practice team. “ It’s also hoped the idea will test a different career approach in remote and rural areas, helpng recruitment and retention in these communities.
Read more: Local News for Friday 22nd August 2014