'Before being elected as an MSP for Highlands and Islands, I worked as a mental health pharmacist for 20 years at New Craigs Hospital in Inverness.
Being a lifelong supporter of Scottish independence, when the opportunity to campaign for it came along, I was keen to get involved. I joined the SNP and NHSforYES in early 2014. The first event I participated in was a debate for nursing students; Will Independence be good for our health. I had never done anything like that before, but I caught the politics bug and I now sit on the Health and Sports Committee in the Scottish Parliament.
I believe that independence is the only way to protect Scotland's health service from Tory spending cuts and the damaging impact of privatisation that we see happening south of the border. Scotland's budget is already squeezed as a consequence of the Tory's ideological obsession with austerity, and I've seen first hand the devastating impact of welfare reform on the people I have worked with.
I believe the Scottish NHS is an advert for independence - look at what we can achieve when given the opportunity to take our own decisions and do things differently. We have challenges - like every health care system - but we are rising to meet them in Scotland!
A vote in favour of independence is an opportunity to make our own decisions over the future of Scotland and its health service; to be in charge of our own destiny. That's got to be good for our health!'