The serving SNP MSP for Cunninghame South, Ruth Maguire, has said that she will be on an immediate medical leave of absence from her public service duties and parliamentary role in order to focus on her treatment and recovery after being diagnosed with stage three cervical cancer.
Maguire, who was recently re-elected as MSP of her constituency with over fifty percent of the vote, said that although her condition is serious, doctors believe it is treatable.
Her statement reads: “On Tuesday 27 April 2021 I received the difficult news that I had been diagnosed with stage three cervical cancer.
“Having now had time to process what this means for me and talk things over with my family, I feel it is only right that I share this information with my constituents.
“Although my condition is serious, doctors believe it is treatable. Therefore, with immediate effect, I will be taking a medical leave of absence from public duties and frontline parliamentary work for treatment and recovery.”
She has assured her constituents that her Irvine office will continue operations, with her team remaining available to answer any queries.
She also added a message of gratuity for those around her and offered a hopefully message for her constituents:
“I am eternally grateful for the support and care of my loving family and friends and, of course, our NHS.
“For now, I will concentrate on doing everything I can to get well and strong again and I thank everyone for their understanding.
“Being re-elected to serve my community is a privilege that I hold dearly every single day and I look forward to when I can resume my full duties.”
The Clyde Insider wishes Ruth Maguire well in her recovery, and our thoughts are with her and her family at this difficult time.
by Michael McBrier