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Juniper Green Royal Bank of Scotland Branch Closure

Gordon Macdonald, MSP for Edinburgh Pentlands, reiterated calls from local residents concerned at the closure of the Royal Bank of Scotland branch in Juniper Green. The branch is due to close on the 5th of June 2017 despite assurances at the time of the RBS Balerno closure that the Juniper Green branch would remain open to continue to provide a service to the community. Gordon MacDonald is disappointed at the decision, commenting “This will have a negative impact on the community that I represent as it is the closure of the last RBS branch in Edinburgh Pentlands constituency. Whilst I accept that there is a move to online banking there is still a need to provide a service to those who are d

Gordon Macdonald MSP dons lab coat to learn how research can beat cancer

Gordon Macdonald MSP recently met Cancer Research UK scientists in Edinburgh to learn about the charity’s world class research in Scotland. The MSP for Edinburgh Pentlands visited the Cancer Research UK Edinburgh Centre where he witnessed first-hand the ground-breaking research being carried out by scientists and doctors, and heard how research such as this will help to save lives. Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, the charity was able to spend more than £5 million in Edinburgh last year on some of the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research. Gordon Macdonald MSP said, “Like everywhere in Scotland, cancer has a huge effect on families in Edinburgh Pentlands, so it has been fa

Funding to boost A&E resilience ahead of winter – extra £1,026,110 for NHS Lothian

Gordon Macdonald, MSP for Edinburgh Pentlands, welcomed the Scottish Government announcement that health boards across Scotland are to share an additional £9 million this year to get ready for winter, with NHS Lothian to receive £1,026,110. The funding is to support dedicated multi-disciplinary teams to improve patient flow in A&E, across the hospital and in the community. Gordon Macdonald MSP noted that “By enhancing staffing cover over winter, providing the same level of discharging at weekends as midweek, and providing treatment in the community, patients will get the best care in the most appropriate place, preventing unnecessary hospital admissions and freeing up beds and resources for

£450,000 to support Scottish libraries - 21 projects allocated funding to improve services

Local libraries in Oxgangs, Wester Hailes, Sighthill, and Ratho will benefit from a range of projects across Scotland worth £450,000. The funding will be shared between the Public Library Improvement Fund and other activities including the Scottish Government’s “Read, Write, Count” initiative, the “Every Child A Library Member” programme, a pilot to try out a new single library card, and Book Week Scotland events in libraries and national reading activities. Furthermore, the First Minister recently launched her Reading Challenge which will encourage children to read more across all of Scotland. These local projects will support the aims set out in the Libraries Strategy, such as libraries’

Concerns raised over Currie branch closure

Gordon Macdonald MSP for Edinburgh Pentlands led a delegation of local councillors, members of Currie Community Council and representatives of the local business community in a meeting with the Edinburgh Director of the Bank of Scotland to discuss the proposed closure of its Currie branch. The branch is due to close on the 2nd of November and this was an opportunity for those present to highlight their concerns directly to the senior management of the bank regarding the impact on residents and small businesses. Mr MacDonald is angry at the decision, commenting “Banks are an integral part of our community and it is disappointing that despite representations about the adverse impact on the loc

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