People in Dundee celebrate Christmas whatever their religious views. I think that it is wrong to downgrade the role of Christmas. I hope that the City Council will listen to the churches and to the other voices making their views known asking for a rethink.
Well done to Willie Bain on his election as the new MP for Glasgow North East. This was a great victory for Labour against the odds. This victory demonstrates how important it is to listen to the voters and deal with the issues which concern them. To read more about this excellent victory click here.
BAILLIE: STURGEON FAILS TO GRASP 'STAGGERING RATE' OF C. DIFF DEATHS AT NINEWELLS
Scottish Labour’s Jackie Baillie has criticised Health secretary Nicola Sturgeon for failing to grasp the scale of the “staggering rate” of mortality from C. difficile at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee which is a higher rate than Scotland’s previous worst outbreak at Vale of Leven.
Shadow Health Secretary Jackie Baillie: “The rate of mortality at Ninewells is staggering and Nicola Sturgeon seems not to have grasped the scale of the problem.
The mortality rate at Vale of Leven, which was the single biggest outbreak in Scotland, was 33 per cent on six wards over a number of months.
“At Ninewells the rate is a staggering 62 per cent – five deaths out of eight wards over a three week period. The Health Secretary has failed to confront the scale of the problem and how serious it is . We need to get answers on why the rate is so high as soon as possible. (1)
“The Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon has also known about this outbreak for some three weeks now but chose not to inform the public. There is no possible justification for this lack of transparency.
“Deaths from C. difficile are preventable and these patients may not have contracted the infection if lessons had been properly learned from the Vale of Leven. Now it seems that complacency has been compounded by cover up.”
National Express Dundee, formerly Travel Dundee, have announced changes to bus services commencing on 22nd November. The main change for the West End is a change to the Number 2 service, the details can be found on their website.
Today I met with Lawrence Davie, the Director of National Express Dundee to discuss bus services in the West End. I was particularly keen to discuss the changes to the Number 2 service.
This was a productive meeting. I know that the Number 2 bus service is very popular with many people in the West End, particularly the elderly. I sought some reassurance over the future of this service and I am glad to say that I got some reassurance. The service will now be a the same time every hour and I have been told that changes have been made to improve the reliability of the service. Improvements have been made to the 2S service which should make it easier for pupils from the West End to get to St John's High School. A number of parents have raised that issue with me and hopefully this will solve some of the problems which have been raised.
Obviously as with all such changes the proof of the pudding will be in the eating and it will be interesting to see if these changes do live up to the claims made for them. I was happy to meet with the bus company and discuss their work in the West End. If local residents have any problems with these services once the changes have been made I would be happy to go back to the bus company to raise their concerns.
Later on I attended the civic reception held for the conference. It was good to meet a number of the delegates and to discuss the issues which concern them.
As a historian of nineteenth century Dundee I think that it is important that we preserve links with Dundee's fascinating heritage in the jute and textile industry. It is also important to ensure that we find a sustainable and long-term use for this site. The Evening Telegraph tonight published my thoughts on this together with other local councillors.
In the meantime this site is still on the buildings at risk register of the Scottish Civic Trust, click here for more details.