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22/01/15 14:08

Media Briefing by a Scottish Government Spokesperson - Wednesday 21 January 2015

The Scottish Government Spokesperson (SGS) welcomed journalists to the briefing and ran through key events of the day.

The SGS said the Deputy First Minister John Swinney was visiting the Southern General hospital ahead of stage one of the Budget debate, which would take place in Parliament in the afternoon.

She informed journalists that the Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training, Roseanna Cunningham had visited the Energy Skills Partnership ‘Supply meets Demand’ careers fair to coincide with labour market statistics which showed Scottish employment was at a record high - having increased by 50,00 over the year – and the fact that GDP figures show the fastest annual growth since 2007.

The SGS said the Health Secretary Shona Robison had performed the sod cutting at the Royal Edinburgh campus redevelopment – a £48 million programme of work to provide modern facilities in specialist mental health and a national brain injury unit.

The Minister for Public Health, Maureen Watt has visited an Ebola testing facility at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary where she met staff and highlighted that eight tests have now been carried out in the lab, with all but one being negative. The unit is now equipped to test for four kinds of Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers, of which Ebola virus is arguably the best known.

Lastly, the SGS confirmed that the Minister for Europe and International Development Humza Yousaf will announce funding to support the humanitarian crisis caused by floods in Malawi.