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Scottish Parliament: Cervical Screening (Update) (15 Sep 2021)

Jackie Baillie: The matter remains, unfortunately, a huge scandal. Concerns were raised in 2015, 2016 and 2017. In 2016, there were 29 inappropriate exclusions and in 2017, there were 11 inappropriate exclusions. Why were all the cases of women who were wrongly excluded from cervical cancer screening not picked up after the 2016 audit or, indeed, after the 2017 audit? Why did we have to force that...

Scottish Parliament: General Practitioner Services (15 Sep 2021)

Jackie Baillie: Yesterday, we debated the extent of the crisis that is being experienced by the NHS, with services struggling to meet demand and waiting lists at a record high. Today, we are talking about GPs. Much of the attention so far has focused on acute care in our hospitals and with emergency services, but the truth is that, if we are to resolve some of those problems, we need to mobilise and resource...

Scottish Parliament: General Practitioner Services (15 Sep 2021)

Jackie Baillie: More and more people are going private. In effect, the Government is privatising the dental service by the back door. We all value the primary care team, which has GPs at its heart. I think that primary care is key to the recovery of the NHS, but it needs to be resourced. So far, the SNP has failed to do so adequately. It is true that we need to remobilise and that patients want more...

Scottish Parliament: Vaccination Passports (14 Sep 2021)

Jackie Baillie: This week is freshers week. Students from the UK and all over the world will be congregating in pubs, cafes and restaurants, and, for the next two weeks, students from outside Scotland will be in nightclubs. On 1 October, they will not be able to do that, because they have been vaccinated outside Scotland and NHS Scotland does not recognise their vaccinations for the purpose of certification....

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (14 Sep 2021)

Jackie Baillie: I have had several recent cases of people who have applied for a self-isolation grant but eight to 11 weeks later are yet to receive any support. That puts enormous pressure on household finances, especially for those on low incomes. Many people may be forced to return to work for financial reasons even though their self-isolation period has not ended. I am told by West Dunbartonshire Council...

Scottish Parliament: Health and Social Care (14 Sep 2021)

Jackie Baillie: It is absolutely right that we express our deepest gratitude to those who work in health and social care, for all that they have done not just during the pandemic but, equally, before it. They risk their lives in order to keep us safe. However, I do not want just to thank them, because if the applause on Thursday nights is to mean anything, the Government needs to step up to the plate now and...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 Vaccine Certification Scheme (9 Sep 2021)

Jackie Baillie: T he one thing that all of us in the chamber can agree is that we want to control the spread of Covid-19. The more people who get Covid, the more people who will end up ill, with some ending up in hospital, and the more people who will run the risk of having long Covid. Controlling and suppressing the virus must be the major public health priority. How we can do that while keeping the country...

Scottish Parliament: Drowning Prevention Strategy (2 Sep 2021)

Jackie Baillie: The minister will be aware of the tragic drownings that have occurred at Loch Lomond this summer; indeed, there are tragedies every year. Last year, following the tragic death of Ava Gray, I wrote to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to ask it to site a rescue boat at Balloch. Its boat is currently sited at Knightswood, which, on a good day, is some 25 minutes away. I praise the work of...

Scottish Parliament: Long Covid (2 Sep 2021)

Jackie Baillie: Health professionals and Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland have today published a long Covid action plan. At least 74,000 people are living with long Covid and the numbers are rising. Many of those people are not getting the services that they need. Does the First Minister agree with the recommendations in the report, in particular on the creation of a long Covid fund for health boards to access?

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 Recovery (Communities) (1 Sep 2021)

Jackie Baillie: The cabinet secretary will recognise that carers are a key section of our community. They are struggling, and many of them are still isolating as case numbers rise to record levels. In some cases, care packages were withdrawn at the start of the pandemic, respite care was stopped and carers were left to cope alone. When will all those services be restored? Where is the remobilisation plan for...

Scottish Parliament: Rest and Be Thankful Landslips (A83) (1 Sep 2021)

Jackie Baillie: 4. To ask the Scottish Government how much it has spent, and plans to spend, over the next four years, on the mitigation of landslips at the Rest and Be Thankful on the A83. (S6O-00076)

Scottish Parliament: Rest and Be Thankful Landslips (A83) (1 Sep 2021)

Jackie Baillie: The minister has acknowledged that £15 million has been spent and a further £8 million is in the pipeline, and £1 million has recently been spent on extending the catch pits at the Rest and Be Thankful. Does he think that that will be enough to withstand a large landslide of, say, 100 tonnes of debris? If so, why does Transport Scotland keep on closing the road when it rains? Does he...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (1 Sep 2021)

Jackie Baillie: For months, members across the Parliament have raised concerns about test and protect being overwhelmed and underresourced. Today’s contact tracing figures from Public Health Scotland expose the difficulties at the heart of test and protect. In the past week, only 43 per cent of cases have been completed and the average number of primary contacts has dropped to an all-time low of 1.5. No...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Government Agreement with Scottish Green Party (31 Aug 2021)

Jackie Baillie: In February 2021, the Greens supported Scottish Labour’s demand for a minimum of £15 an hour for social care workers in the budget. Less than two weeks later—having clearly been nobbled by the SNP—the Greens abstained on the same demand. That appeared in the Greens’ manifesto but not in the SNP manifesto. Try as I might, I can find no reference to it in the SNP-Green agreement. When...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Government Priorities (31 Aug 2021)

Jackie Baillie: Will the cabinet secretary take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Government Priorities (31 Aug 2021)

Jackie Baillie: Included in the 100 days programme was the establishment of the cross-party Covid recovery group, on which I and other members across the chamber serve. On 28 June, I replied to the cabinet secretary’s private office email of the same date to ask when the next meeting of that group would be held, and I never received a response. It appears that ministers took time off during the recess...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Government Priorities (31 Aug 2021)

Jackie Baillie: I will leave aside the obvious confusion of a Government that has been in power for 14 years having a document that is entitled “First Steps” when it is clear that these are not the first steps, never mind the first 100 days, for the SNP. I will also leave aside the debate about when the 100 days started, as ministers were in charge throughout the election period. Given those facts, the...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (3 Aug 2021)

Jackie Baillie: I want to ask the First Minister about long Covid clinics. I know that the Scottish Government has funded research into long Covid, and a recent report from the University of Stirling and the Robert Gordon University recommended specialist and integrated services to deal with long Covid. England has spent £34 million on 80 specialist clinics, with another 23 planned; Wales has spent £5...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (13 Jul 2021)

Jackie Baillie: An 81-year-old man tested positive for Covid on 27 June. He was very ill, despite being fully vaccinated. He was not contacted by test and protect until 11 July—some 14 days later. We will not stop the spread of the virus unless we can begin to act faster. Because only positive cases are being contacted currently, those who self-isolate because they know that they have been a close contact...

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service (Support) (24 Jun 2021)

Jackie Baillie: 6. To ask the First Minister how the Scottish Government is supporting the national health service, in light of reports of wards being full and an increase in patients with serious and complex conditions. (S6F-00144)

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