We need staff to fill new build­ings

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - AGENDA -

SIR, – Jim Bruce is cor­rect in his as­sess­ment (Press and Journal, Oc­to­ber 9).

Our first min­is­ter has vis­ited the north-east twice in the space of seven days – any­one may think there is a gen­eral elec­tion round the cor­ner!

As she stated her­self she at­tends many open­ings, the vast ma­jor­ity of which are within her cen­tral belt stronghold­s.

It is fan­tas­tic to hear of Peter­head’s new pro­posed academy and re­alise the open­ing of a new med­i­cal cen­tre in In­verurie.

True to form our first min­is­ter is first in line to open these build­ings, but we need to un­der­stand what she will now do to re­verse her govern­ment’s fail­ures in

ad­dress­ing the chronic short­age of teach­ing and med­i­cal staff re­quired to oc­cupy and op­er­ate such build­ings?

Surely ac­cep­tance of these well doc­u­mented short­ages would be a good start­ing point.

The foun­da­tions of these build­ings are one thing but the foun­da­tions of the fu­ture lo­cal tal­ent pool re­quired to op­er­ate them is surely an equal pri­or­ity, a pri­or­ity that the elec­torate will judge her on at the bal­lot box?

I cer­tainly hope we see less smoke and mir­rors and more ac­cep­tance and ac­tion. Con­rad Ritchie, Cairn­glass House, St Combs

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