Sup­port for Bill

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Dear Editor

The Off-patent Drugs Bill will be voted on in Par­lia­ment on 6 Novem­ber. I am cam­paign­ing in sup­port of this Bill and hope that my lo­cal MP joins me and lends their sup­port to this vi­tal piece of leg­is­la­tion which could ben­e­fit hun­dreds of thou­sands of pa­tients across the UK.

Sup­ported by Breast Can­cer Now, the UK’s largest breast can­cer char­ity, the Bill is de­signed to ad­dress the prob­lem of mak­ing drugs that have fallen out of patent, but have since proved ef­fec­tive for clin­i­cal uses out­side of their orig­i­nal li­cence, rou­tinely avail­able on the NHS.

If it suc­cess­fully en­ters UK law, it will im­prove ac­cess to low-cost treat­ments for a range of con­di­tions in­clud­ing breast can­cer, mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis and Parkin­son’s.

In or­der for it to progress a step closer to be­com­ing law, 100 MPs need to turn up and vote in its favour this Novem­ber.

Ne­glect­ing the clin­i­cal ben­e­fits of off-patent drugs is a huge over­sight, es­pe­cially as these drugs tend to be very low-cost.

Given the bud­getary con­straints on the NHS, surely this is ex­actly the type of op­por­tu­nity that de­ci­sion-mak­ers should be em­brac­ing.

I would en­cour­age oth­ers to join me and add their sup­port to Breast Can­cer Now’s Un­lock Drugs cam­paign by vis­it­ing breast­cancer­now.org/ un­lock­drugs Mrs Irene Proud­foot Manse­field Av­enue Cam­bus­lang

Thanks to Cam­glen

I just wanted to write in ex­press­ing my grat­i­tude at hear­ing my story ‘Ro­los’ be­ing re-lived on Cam­glen ra­dio.

The story, which won me the Ruther­glen Sto­ry­teller of the Year Award in 2010, is the true tale of my first meet­ing with my fiancée Sarah-Louise McKay.

It was read out last week on Cat Gib­son’s ex­cel­lent lunchtime show (ps. loved the Aris­to­cats in­tro) by Dorothy Con­nor, the much-loved lo­cal au­thor and his­to­rian who was in charge of judg­ing the prize.

The story means a lot to me, and see­ing it in print in my lo­cal pa­per was a real mile­stone. To have it fol­lowed up by a read­ing on the lo­cal ra­dio was def­i­nitely another one I won’t for­get.

Dorothy read it with real pa­tience and care; so well, in fact, that I en­joyed lis­ten­ing to it al­most as an out­sider... al­most as though some­one else had writ­ten it and I could sit there and en­joy it.

I hope any­one out there who lis­tened to it can take it from me that writ­ing is a truly re­ward­ing vo­ca­tion, and if there are any bud­ding writ­ers out there, I strongly en­cour­age you to never give up.

I am sure Dorothy would agree. Craig Lamont via email

Po­lit­i­cal po­etry

The Dug fae the Dale.

The dug fae the dale hid tae gather the sheep, an get them aw in­tae a pen. Cause the dug fae the dale won the con­test, by beatin a wee dug called Ken.

Noo the dug fae the dale wis aw happy She had the Top Dug Ti­tle tae keep But in her joy, she seemed tae have for­got­ten

It wis the Shep­herd who be­langed tae the sheep.

An as we await the Shep­herd’s elec­tion whither a quine or a loone The Dug fae the dale will soon dance Tae that fa­mil­iar “Old Westminster Tune”. John Starrs Tober­mory Road Ruther­glen

Kirkhill must flour­ish

The de­ci­sion to al­low own­er­ship of the sanc­tu­ary at Kirkhill to pass to LEAP is noble.

We now have a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to bring the build­ing back as a vi­brant com­mu­nity re­source while, hope­fully, re­spect­ing the her­itage of the site at Kirkhill.

It is im­por­tant for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions that the site at Kirkhill re­spect­fully re­mains and is hon­oured – it was here that St Cadoc brought Chris­tian­ity to Cam­bus­lang in the sixth cen­tury and es­tab­lished his monas­tic set­tle­ment.

The great Cam­bus­lang Re­vival of 1742 took place not a stone’s throw away at the Preach­ing Braes and min­is­ter Rev. Wil­liam McCul­loch lies buried in the church grave­yard.

The great preacher Ge­orge White­field vis­ited and preached dur­ing this time of spir­i­tual re­newal.

The area it­self is named af­ter this his­toric “kirk on the hill” and sur­round­ing street names hon­our the past – Cadoc, White­field, Meek.

The cur­rent church is steeped in history – heraldic shields hon­our the church’s bene­fac­tors (the 10th Duke of Hamil­ton be­ing the prin­ci­pal her­i­tor) and the stained glass by Sadie MacLel­lan is ma­jes­tic.

St Cadoc him­self is de­picted with the maxim at­trib­uted to him “With­out light noth­ing is good”.

Let us hope and pray that af­ter this pe­riod of dark­ness, the light will once again shine on Kirkhill and the im­por­tant work of LEAP in our com­mu­nity may con­tinue to flour­ish. Graham MacGre­gor via email

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