Responding to the news that bus company First Scotland is to close its Musselburgh and North Berwick depots with the loss of up to 88 jobs and the ending of its bus services in the county, Alison Johnstone, Scottish Green MSP for Lothian, said:
Alison Johnstone, Health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for Lothian, today highlighted delayed discharge figures showing 740 people were stuck in hospitals last month waiting for care home places or assessments.
In March 2016, patients spent 46,309 days in hospital due to delays in discharge - a slight drop on the 47,476 days recorded a year ago.
Responding to news that former Green Party leader Alexander Van der Bellen has won Austria's presidential election, Ross Greer MSP, Europe spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, said:
"The world’s first elected Green head of state is a historic moment and the Scottish Greens send congratulations to Alexander Van der Bellen and to the Austrian Greens. This incredibly close election shows how important it is for progressive voices to push back against the dangerous far-right forces who have used the refugee crisis to whip up hatred.
Ross Greer, Europe spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for West of Scotland, today challenged the rhetoric of Tories George Osborne and Boris Johnson in the debate on the UK's membership of the EU.
Mr Osborne claims leaving the European Union would tip the UK into a year-long recession, while Mr Johnson claims the EU is "out of control" with regulations on bananas and vacuum cleaners.
Ross Greer, Europe spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for West of Scotland, said:
Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens - now the fourth largest party in Holyrood - today (23 May) confirmed the portfolio responsibilities of the six-strong group of Green MSPs as the fifth session of the Scottish Parliament prepares for its first full week of formal business.
Responding to the news that Muirfield golf club will keep its policy of barring women members, Alison Johnstone, Sport spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for Lothian, said:
Scottish Green MSPs John Finnie and Ross Greer today welcomed the news that CalMac Ferries Limited is the preferred tenderer for the next contract to operate the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services (CHFS) network.
The public sector operator was up against private outsourcing company Serco.
John Finnie, Scottish Green MSP for the Highlands and Islands, said:
Scottish Green MSPs John Finnie and Ross Greer will today (19 May) show support for keeping Calmac in public hands by joining the RMT shipping union demonstration outside parliament.
The rally, involving CalMac members and RMT activists, will take place outside Holyrood between 11.30am and 1.00pm.
The contract for Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services (CHFS) will be awarded by the Scottish Government at the end of this month, with current public sector ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne up against private outsourcing company Serco.
Mark Ruskell, Environment and Rural Affairs spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, today (19 May) highlighted a report by Audit Scotland which concludes that the way that problems with the farm payments IT system have been handled by the Scottish Government are "a serious concern".
Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, welcomed today's cabinet reshuffle by the First Minister, noting that Fergus Ewing had been moved away from the energy brief and that the government's emphasis on education policy had been signalled by the appointment of John Swinney.