Motion S5M-09766: UK Economic Failure

09 Jan 2018

That the Parliament notes the OECD’s revised forecast of just 1.2% growth for the UK economy in 2018, which, it believes, is due to Brexit uncertainty; understands that the forecast comes from the OECD Economic Outlook, Volume 2017, Issue 2, which was published in December 2017; further understands that the new figure would put the UK joint last among the 35 member countries for growth, alongside Japan and behind Italy with its projection of 1.5% growth; welcomes the analysis carried out by the TUC, which reportedly shows that British workers are likely to see their earnings fall by 0.7% in 2018 due to a rise in the cost of importing as a result of a fall in the value of the pound; understands that the TUC analysis highlights that only Spain and Italy are also expected to have negative wage growth, though both would outperform the UK; considers that the UK economy as a whole has been hopelessly mismanaged by the UK Government; believes that there is wide consensus that this economic slowdown is due to uncertainty caused by Brexit, with even the IMF’s managing director reportedly citing it as the catalyst; further believes that any economic damage already done shows the danger that a badly handled process could have for the Scottish economy, and calls on the UK Government to adopt a policy of seeking membership of the European single market to minimise uncertainty and protect living standards from the damage that it considers a disastrous hard Brexit could cause.

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.

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