Motion S5M-09764: NHS Data

04 Jan 2018

That the Parliament notes the reported calls from the British Medical Association’s (BMA) Scottish Council to move away from a focus on “crude” targets; believes that multiple targets are making it more difficult to focus on delivering the best care for patients who find themselves using the Scottish NHS; agrees with the reported comments by Peter Bennie, chairman of the BMA’s Scottish Council, that “we need a fundamental shift to a more mature way of dealing with the data we have on our health service, which places more emphasis on doing the right things for patients and trusting doctors and healthcare staff to use their skills and judgement”; welcomes the offer from the BMA to work with those looking to build on the Review of Targets and Indicators in Health and Social Care in Scotland, which was carried out by Professor Sir Harry Burns on behalf of the Scottish Government and published in November 2017; believes that there should be further moves towards preventative spend in the community to reduce the pressure on more reactive services; recognises what it considers the importance of setting standards, and calls on all political parties and commentators to emphasise a wider view of patient care rather than just a few easily measured statistics.

Motion S5M-09453: Poverty in Scotland 2017 

10 Dec 2017

That the Parliament welcomes the release of Poverty in Scotland 2017 by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF); understands that the report is part of the work done by the JRF to measure the rates of poverty in Scotland and how they are changing; notes that the report finds poverty is lower in Scotland than the rest of the UK, particularly for older people and families with children; further notes that more than a third of those in the poorest fifth of the population spend more than one third of their income on housing alone; understands with concern the extra difficulties highlighted by the report for people facing poverty; notes that this includes a much higher rate of depression and anxiety, being unable to maintain any savings or investments and a gap in educational attainment; welcomes the lower rates of poverty but believes that no one should be living in poverty in a country as wealthy as Scotland, and calls on all levels of government to take action to help narrow the gap.


Motion S5M-09002: Scotland’s Youngest Surviving twins

20 Nov 2017

That the Parliament notes the celebration of the first birthday of the premature twins, Tillie and Lottie Fowler, who were born on 11 August 2016 at only 23 weeks and three days, weighing 1lb 6oz and 1lb 9oz respectively; congratulates their parents, Jenna and Stuart, as well as the staff of the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital in Glasgow and health colleagues elsewhere; notes that these are Scotland’s youngest surviving premature twins, and hopes that many more babies born before 24 weeks will survive and thrive as Tillie and Lottie have been doing.

Motion S5M-08916: Scottish Interfaith Week

17 Nov 2017

That the Parliament welcomes the celebration of Scottish Interfaith Week 2017, which was officially launched on 13 November; notes that the week aims to provide an opportunity for people from all backgrounds to celebrate Scotland’s religious heritage and diversity; understands that Scottish Interfaith Week has been celebrated since its inauguration in 2004; further understands that the theme for this year’s week is “creativity and the arts”, which aims to highlight the positive impact that the arts can have in breaking down barriers between people; wishes the event every success, and hopes that it will achieve its goal of helping foster a more tolerant and connected society.