Sir, – As a coalition of main suppliers of care and assist to susceptible youngsters and younger individuals, we welcome the consensus among the many main political events within the Scottish Parliament election to tackling the rising psychological well being disaster in our younger individuals.
We now have for a while raised considerations over a possible misplaced technology of susceptible youngsters and younger individuals, whose psychological well being is being impacted additional by Covid-19.
The dedication to give attention to psychological well being, rising funding in assist providers and intervention methods, is appreciated and have to be a precedence for the parliament.
Our youngsters are remarkably resilient, however the statistics on the deteriorating psychological well being of lots of them presents a compelling case for a nationwide campaign to handle a psychological well being pandemic, underpinned by significantly better resourcing.
This disaster is one we are able to tackle, however it would require an identical dedication to that demonstrated for Covid-19 if we’re to stop many younger individuals giving up on their futures – and themselves.
The Scottish Kids’s Providers Coalition.
Queen Road, Edinburgh.
Independence plan is a ‘pig in a poke’
Sir, – In 2016, the Sustainable Growth Commission was set up by Nicola Sturgeon to provide a blueprint for independence.
The ultimate report claimed that Scotland might scale back its fiscal deficit from a predicted 8.2% in 2021-22 to lower than 3% inside “5 to 10 years”.
The three% goal is important as a result of it’s the most permitted by the EU for international locations in search of to affix.
The report doesn’t point out it’s 20 years since Scotland had a deficit as little as 3% and any transfer in that route will change into fantasy when the IFS declares our deficit has soared to 22-25%.
In money phrases, that’s £40 billion in comparison with £15bn.
The entire figures within the report at the moment are invalid and Sturgeon admitted to Andrew Marr that she hasn’t an concept what independence would value or the results of adopting a brand new forex and a tough border.
Her message, “belief me and I’ll let you know later,” is what was referred to as “a pig in a poke”.
St. John’s Place, Perth.
Robust time to be a Tory candidate
Sir, – It have to be very tough being a Tory candidate.
Regardless of how a lot they attempt to distance themselves from their management down south and try to wrap themselves within the Saltire, they nonetheless should take care of being a part of a celebration mired in allegations of sleaze, cronyism and corruption.
The newest spat between Johnson and Cummings is quick creating into an intriguing cleaning soap opera. All of us await the newest instalment of allegation and denial.
In the meantime the Scottish Tories, little doubt wishing it will all go away, are working very onerous at not mentioning it – no matter you do don’t point out the Dom-Boris warfare. In spite of everything there’s an election pending.
Lour Highway, Forfar.
Supporting assisted residing, not dying
Sir, – I’m writing in assist of the letter from Richard Meade of Marie Curie, (Finish of Life Care, Courier, April 26).
I additionally thank the Courier for the useful Election Hub article “Assisted dying again on the Agenda” to focus on the current state of affairs.
I come from a lifetime of nursing, together with finish of life care, midwifery, well being visiting and counselling, together with bereavement counselling in a GP surgical procedure setting.
Now retired, my assist of palliative care over assisted dying has not wavered. My intention was at all times to assist assisted residing, not assisted dying.
I recognise far more must be executed to fund and assist this important service, and welcome the curiosity proven within the varied manifestos.
Together with different necessary inquiries to the potential candidates, I hope voters will ask the place they may stand within the Scottish Parliament ought to one other Invoice be introduced ahead to legislate for assisted dying. It issues to us all as the choice will straight have an effect on ourselves, all our family members and the integrity of society.
Teapot Lane, Inverkeilor.