Jackie Baillie

18 Jun 19
The Scottish Sun
A SUSPENDED ambulance driver told how a dementia sufferer seemed “totally with it” as he gave directions to the wrong address. Tommy McKechnie, 64, said he was convinced the man knew where he was going as he dropped him off on the street instead of at a care home as instructed. An inquiry has now been launched His explanation came as he and a female co-worker were removed from their posts pending a probe after the patient they’d collected from hospital was found wandering in Greenock town centre. Mr McKechnie said: “He was chatting away. As we were driving to the address provided he told my colleague we were going the wrong way — I just thought the sat nav was on the blink. “He gave us directions. He knew exactly where he was going. He was totally with it. “We dropped him at the address he wanted to go to.” Smirking yob caught on camera with TV under his arm after robbing Motherwell OAP with dementia The bungle emerged when a shop worker spotted the man, thought to be in his sixties, and his family complained. The name and address of a Greenock care home and the alert “DEM” — for dementia — had appeared on the vehicle’s sat nav after the man was picked up at Inverclyde Royal Hospital on May 31. [bc_video video_id=”6029955485001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Dementia sufferer gran aged 90 scales 14 floors down the outside of a tower block after her family lock her in flat ‘for her own safety’”] But Mr McKechnie, from Dumbarton, who has been with the ambulance service for 17 years, said: “We didn’t notice the three small letters until later and weren’t told he had dementia. “If he was being dropped at a home for the first time he should’ve had an escort. I could be out of a job for one mistake. I’ve apologised unreservedly.” Labour MSP Jackie Baillie said: “This is a shocking story and very distressing for the patient and their family. “Ambulance staff are under more and more pressure but this appalling treatment of a patient is unacceptable.” [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ IN NEWS” posts_category=”2″ posts_number=”12″ query_type=”popular” /] A Scottish Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We’ve launched an investigation and contacted the patient’s family.” A Scottish Government spokesperson said: “We expect the ambulance service to meet with the family to apologise directly, discuss their concerns and to conduct a full investigation which should be used to make improvements and ensure that an incident like this never occurs again.” gordon.tait@the-sun.co.uk [bc_video video_id=”6045707566001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Piers Morgan sparks row with SNP MP over their running of NHS in Scotland after Donald Trump’s comments”] We pay for your stories and videos! Do you have a story or video for The Scottish Sun? Email us at scoop@the-sun.co.uk or call 0141 420 5200
16 Jun 19
The Lochside Press

Local management of the Vale of Leven Hospital’s out-of-hours service has moved a step closer after a visit by the Scottish Government’s health minister. MSP Jackie Baillie joined Jeane Freeman, the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, at the hospital in Alexandria, where they discussed the extensive closures of the out-of-hours service. The MSPs were […]

14 Jun 19
The Lochside Press

MSP Jackie Baillie will today meet the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport to ask for local control of the Vale of Leven Hospital’s out-of-hours service. The Vale has suffered the worst level of closures of any out of hours’ service in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde health board area, with 50 closures between December […]

13 Jun 19
The Lochside Press

A covered car park topped with a new ‘village green’ is being considered for the centre of Kilcreggan. The project is still in its early stages but a group of community councillors have enlisted support from MSPs, as well as a senior official from Scottish Enterprise. A shortage of parking in the village has caused complaints […]

10 Jun 19
The Lochside Press

Local GPs should arrange out-of-hours cover at the Vale of Leven Hospital, MSP Jackie Baillie has said. Patients in the area have expressed concerns that the service has been closed on more than 40 occasions already this year, following more than 80 closures in 2018, making the Vale of Leven Out-of-Hours service the most closed […]

07 Jun 19
THE DUMBARTON DEMOCRAT

By Bill Heaney Dumbarton and Lomond MSP Jackie Baillie has been a busy woman in the Scottish Parliament this week. The MSP called on the Scottish Government to fill the £22 million gap in EU funding, highlighting the fact that millions of pounds of European funding could be withdrawn from voluntary organisations and local authorities. […]

05 Jun 19
THE DUMBARTON DEMOCRAT

Others are more sceptical than Mr Miller, however. Now that the national press and media have at last taken an interest in one of the most important environmental stories on Loch Lomondside for many years, they will be turning up in large numbers at the meeting in the White Church on Monday, June 24, at 7pm. As former councillor and SNP old hand Iain Robertson told Cllr Jonathan McColl on twitter, this story could run longer than Brexit.

03 Jun 19
DRILL OR DROP?

A cross-party group of Scottish politicians has called on the Scottish Parliament to end its investment in fossil fuels.

31 May 19
THE DUMBARTON DEMOCRAT

Health Board ignores requests from locals for appointments at the Vale By Democrat reporter Jackie Baillie MSP has urged NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to ensure that patients who live in the Vale of Leven hospital catchment area are granted their requests to be seen at the hospital. The calls have come as one constituent […]

31 May 19
The Lochside Press

Concerns over the Lomond Banks development at Balloch were raised by MSPs in the Scottish Parliament last week. Maurice Corry asked about impact on the environment and Jackie Baillie questioned the use of public funds, asking for the plan to be ‘called in’ by the Scottish government. The £30m tourism plans by Flamingo Land and […]

30 May 19
Stephen Daisley

I had never thought about Willie Rennie in a fuchsia twin-set, blue-rinse perm and diamante-studded glasses and I had hoped to keep it that way. Then, at First Minister’s Questions, the Lib Dem leader had to bring up the SNP’s efforts to revive Indyref 2 off the back of the Euro elections. ‘Nicola Sturgeon’s election […]

30 May 19
THE DUMBARTON DEMOCRAT

There is something intrinsically wrong with charging old people money to pick them up off the floor when they fall.

It’s even worse when you look upon elderly or disabled people as a soft touch from whom you can screw even more money to bolster your public service budget which is stretched because of your own ineptitude.

30 May 19
THE DUMBARTON DEMOCRAT

The Scottish Government is running scared at the upsurge in support for the campaign to halt Flamingo Land’s planned move to Loch Lomondside. This was clear at the Scottish Parliament on Thursday when Labour MSP Jackie Baillie raised what she called “her constituents’ concerns about the proposal to build a holiday park at West Riverside in Balloch”.

22 May 19
The Lochside Press

The Scottish Government has been urged to help get the Waverley sailing again. The iconic paddle steamer will not sail at all this year, after the devastating news that it needs a new boiler – with an estimated cost of £2m. And yesterday Dumbarton constituency MSP Jackie Baillie raised a question with the Scottish Government […]

22 May 19
THE DUMBARTON DEMOCRAT

I was wondering if any of PS Waverley’s loyal supporters will be free over the next few months to come along to help clean and organise our paddle steamer for her coming lay up. This is mainly housekeeping tasks, but other tasks are also available! The ship is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 0830 […]

21 May 19
THE DUMBARTON DEMOCRAT

A report from the German newspaper, Mitteldeutsche Zeitung, shows that the problems that Scots are facing in their train services are also being experienced by their German counterparts.