Results 201–220 of 3314 for speaker:Margaret Curran

Scottish Parliament: Funding Community Sport (25 Sep 2008)

Margaret Curran: rose—

Scottish Parliament written answers — Health: Health (12 Sep 2008)

Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive how many nurse consultant posts specialising in neurology there are, broken down by NHS board.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Health: Health (12 Sep 2008)

Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive how many multiple sclerosis specialist (a) physiotherapist, (b) psychiatrist and (c) occupational therapist posts there are, broken down by NHS board.

Scottish Parliament: Clostridium Difficile-associated Disease (11 Sep 2008)

Margaret Curran: This debate is vital, given that it focuses on one of the most serious health crises of recent years. I understand that families who lost loved ones will be in the chamber this morning, and I know that Professor Hugh Pennington, a leading and well-respected expert in the field, is with us today, too. Let us remind ourselves of the truly appalling context of this debate. From December 2007 to...

Scottish Parliament: Obesity Action Plan (4 Sep 2008)

Margaret Curran: I thank Mary Scanlon for her personal comments—I do not take her political points personally. Does she disassociate herself from comments that David Cameron has been making? Does she believe in the nudge politics that increasingly seem to be Conservative philosophy, or are nudge politics an England-only philosophy?

Scottish Parliament: Obesity Action Plan (4 Sep 2008)

Margaret Curran: I thank the minister for accepting our amendment, which I will mention later in my speech. I am terribly conscious that, when we speak in such debates, we are tempted to make sure that we breathe in properly. Perhaps we are all conscious of our own failings in this field. I promise that I will be eating properly next time I am seen in the canteen. Shona Robison was right to say that tackling...

Scottish Parliament: Obesity Action Plan (4 Sep 2008)

Margaret Curran: I do not think that we have passed a policy on that subject at our party conference, but I can certainly give the member my reaction to such a view. I am sure that other colleagues will comment on it. I would not want to subscribe to any national health service policy that put a red line through someone's ability to get treatment simply because of their past or present behaviour. The...

Scottish Parliament: Obesity Action Plan (4 Sep 2008)

Margaret Curran: I will let Frank McAveety speak for himself on that matter.

Scottish Parliament: Obesity Action Plan (4 Sep 2008)

Margaret Curran: I am sure that Mr McAveety will respond to Margo MacDonald's point—and in a most entertaining way. That said, at the heart of Margo MacDonald's question lies a very serious point, which we are just beginning to debate, about the role of personal responsibility and, indeed, how we might facilitate that. After all, the Government cannot substitute for the individual or the family; it is too...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Government's Programme (3 Sep 2008)

Margaret Curran: As is evident from the discussion so far, the debate is vital. At the inauguration of the Parliament in 1999, we all concurred with Donald Dewar when he described the Parliament as "a new voice in the land ... A voice to shape Scotland, a voice ... for the future." That future and how we shape it should be the focus of our attention and, I argue, the meat of the programme for government. The...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Government's Programme (3 Sep 2008)

Margaret Curran: I thank Mr Swinney for his comments about my return. With the greatest respect, what Mr Swinney said is simply not good enough. He cannot take the glories of office while shirking the responsibilities and blaming everyone else. Whether he likes it or not, he has the biggest settlement that the Scottish Government has ever had. The current situation reflects the SNP's decisions, and Mr Swinney...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Justice: Justice (17 Jul 2008)

Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people were (a) arrested, (b) charged, (c) prosecuted and (d) convicted in cases involving (i) rape, (ii) attempted rape and (iii) indecent assault in each year from 1998 to 2007, broken down by police force area.

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Health and Wellbeing: Ambulances (Journey Distances) (26 Jun 2008)

Margaret Curran: I take the opportunity to apologise to the chamber for my absence yesterday when a statement was made on the Scottish Ambulance Service. I pressed for the statement and it is a matter of regret that I was absent. For the record, I confirm what Hugh Henry said—that I was at a family funeral. I am disappointed that a point of order was raised by a member in relation to that. I thought that my...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Health and Wellbeing: NHS Boards (Meetings) (26 Jun 2008)

Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing last met the chairs of national health service boards. (S3O-3914)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Health and Wellbeing: NHS Boards (Meetings) (26 Jun 2008)

Margaret Curran: I presume that representatives of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde will be present at that meeting and that, at that meeting or in some other forum, the cabinet secretary will have the opportunity to discuss with them the outbreak of clostridium difficile that has been so much in the public mind in recent months. Will she confirm that the inquiry that she has initiated will cover not only the...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Health: Health (24 Jun 2008)

Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to invest in health care on the Isle of Arran and replace the Arran War Memorial Hospital.

Scottish Parliament: Health Inequalities (19 Jun 2008)

Margaret Curran: I promise to do my best to do that, Presiding Officer, although I know that I fail from time to time. I thank the minister for the copy of her statement. I am sure that there is much of interest in the report, and I make a request—which I am sure will be accepted—for further debate on the report in the Parliament after the recess, so that we can test exactly what is in it, extract the...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Dentistry: Dentistry (19 Jun 2008)

Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to invest in dental services for residents on the Isle of Cumbrae.

Scottish Parliament: Clostridium Difficile (Vale of Leven Hospital) (18 Jun 2008)

Margaret Curran: I begin by thanking the minister for agreeing to our request for a statement to Parliament. It has revealed serious findings, and it is concerning that they are only beginning to come to light. On behalf of my party, I also express condolences to all the families involved. We now know the scale of the outbreak: 54 cases and 17 deaths directly connected to C difficile—possibly the most...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Health: Health (16 Jun 2008)

Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what processes exist to support NHS boards to fund treatments for very rare (ultra-orphan) diseases and whether these include a risk-sharing scheme for funding.


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