SNP MSP Bob Doris has today welcomed new figures showing the number of beds occupied by delayed discharge has fallen to its lowest level since 2013.

Today’s figures from ISD Scotland show a reduction of nine per cent in May 2015 - or nearly 5,000 bed days - when compared to the same month last year.

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Bob with local SNP members following Bob Doris’ unanimous endorsement meeting at Maryhill Burgh Halls on 22nd JulySNP MSP for Glasgow, Bob Doris, was recently selected to contest the Maryhill and Springburn Scottish Parliamentary seat at next year’s Scottish elections. The endorsement meeting, held in Maryhill’s Burgh Halls, unanimously backed Bob to win the seat from Labour who currently hold the constituency. Bob, who stays in Maryhill, has served as a Regional MSP for Glasgow since 2007. The meeting was chaired by the new MP for Glasgow North, Patrick Grady, who is also the SNP’s National Secretary.

Commenting on becoming the candidate Bob Doris said: “It is both an honour and a privilege to be selected to contest the 2016 Scottish Parliamentary elections for the SNP. It is also a great responsibility but one that I am ready for. It has been humbling to see the growth in SNP support across Maryhill and Springburn which has led to SNP MP’s Anne McLaughlin and Patrick Grady now representing our local communities at Westminster. It has been humbling to see so many former Labour voters switch to the SNP. Unlike Labour, the SNP will not take their support for granted.

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Bob presenting the winning Team Somalia their trophy after the final against the Scottish Fire ServiceSNP MSP for Glasgow, Bob Doris, brought a team of MP’s and Councillors to Springburn to play in a friendly football match against veteran African footballers at Petershill Park recently.

The game was part of a week long series of events, organised by local charity African Challenge Scotland, aimed at providing opportunities for the African community in north Glasgow to learn more about their history and culture. The week gave families from all backgrounds in the north of the city and beyond the opportunity to participate in various sporting and cultural events over the seven days.

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Bob with Joanne Martin and Dame SilverSNP MSP for Glasgow, Bob Doris, recently held a meeting with former Springburn Academy student, Joanne Martin, and the chair of the Scottish Government Commission on widening access, Dame Ruth Silver. The meeting, which was held in Bob’s constituency office, was an opportunity for Joanne, who recently won a place at Aberdeen Medical School, to outline the challenges and barriers she encountered in trying to gain a place at medical school. Joanne was turned down from various Medical Schools on eight occasions despite having all the required grades.

Bob has been working with Joanne for several months to challenge the selection criteria at various medical schools, which they both considered to be unfair towards students in state schools, particularly in deprived areas. Joanne has since gained a place at Aberdeen Medical School and will take her place up this September. The meeting will be used to inform Dame Silver’s Commission, who will make recommendations to the Scottish Government on how to further improve access to Scotland’s Universities for those from the most deprived areas in Scotland.

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