Results 221–240 of 3314 for speaker:Margaret Curran

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

Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what provision it has made to support access to treatment for patients with extremely rare (ultra-orphan) diseases.

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

Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance exists to help NHS boards to identify rare (ultra-orphan) diseases and provide adequate and effective care for patients who have been diagnosed with such diseases.

Scottish Parliament: Public Health etc (Scotland) Bill (12 Jun 2008)

Margaret Curran: I do not want to disappoint you, Presiding Officer, but I will probably not take up your enticing offer of speaking for an inordinate length of time. This has been a consensual debate and, as members know, I do not really do consensual, so I am a bit speechless. I congratulate Mary Scanlon on doing her bit to raise some arguments and debate. I have a choice: I could go down the road of trying...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Domestic Abuse (12 Jun 2008)

Margaret Curran: To ask the First Minister what steps the Scottish Government will take to support survivors of domestic abuse, in light of the single outcome agreements due to be signed at the end of June 2008. (S3F-895)

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Domestic Abuse (12 Jun 2008)

Margaret Curran: There is agreement across the chamber about tackling domestic abuse as a priority. I ask the First Minister specifically to address the issue of what priority will be given to local authority domestic abuse services under the concordat. I am sure that he will be aware of concerns that women's organisations are raising now. They are telling us about a squeezing of services, about posts under...

Scottish Parliament: Remote and Rural Health Care (5 Jun 2008)

Margaret Curran: I refer to the earlier point about the change from Arbuthnott to NRAC. I would have interrogated the importance of house type in determining need and mortality. Perhaps the minister will explain that.

Scottish Parliament: Remote and Rural Health Care (5 Jun 2008)

Margaret Curran: I recognise the substance of the member's arguments about the standing committee, but if it does not resolve the issue, is there not an argument that the Parliament should discuss NRAC and its impact on services? The standing committee might not resolve Mr Purvis's concerns as a representative of the Borders.

Scottish Parliament: Remote and Rural Health Care (5 Jun 2008)

Margaret Curran: rose—

Scottish Parliament: Remote and Rural Health Care (5 Jun 2008)

Margaret Curran: On what I hope is a consensual note, I begin by saying that Labour feels that this is certainly a welcome debate on an important issue. Health care in remote and rural areas is, of course, an important part of health care in Scotland and any debate on our health services must take that vital element into account. We, too, welcome the analysis and findings of the steering group's report. It...

Scottish Parliament: Remote and Rural Health Care (5 Jun 2008)

Margaret Curran: I think you should pay attention to the exact details of what I said. My argument is not about the amount but about the share, and you know that full well, cabinet secretary. My key point to you is that we have to create an environment in which we interrogate the issues and deal with the substance of the points that are raised. Alternative views should not simply be dismissed out of hand. We...

Scottish Parliament: Remote and Rural Health Care (5 Jun 2008)

Margaret Curran: No. I did Nicola Sturgeon the courtesy of taking an intervention, but she did not do me the same courtesy. I would prefer it if you would allow me to pursue my argument. As The Herald reported on Monday, major concerns have arisen among senior health board figures about the current funding proposals. I presume that you cannot dismiss them so easily. Although the new NRAC formula retains the...

Scottish Parliament: Remote and Rural Health Care (5 Jun 2008)

Margaret Curran: No, thank you. We are talking about the range of resources from funding for ambulance services to funding to ensure equal access to major Government commitments for the health of remote and rural communities, such as the out-of-hours service. To progress telecare effectively, we need to pursue how it will be funded. I hope that the minister will talk about the commitments to the out-of-hours...

Scottish Parliament: Remote and Rural Health Care (5 Jun 2008)

Margaret Curran: I say with the greatest respect that the cabinet secretary has missed the point. The point is not party political. [ Laughter. ]

Scottish Parliament: Remote and Rural Health Care (5 Jun 2008)

Margaret Curran: The point is not political. It is about the NHS's management. The NHS's appointments procedures are governed not by politicians, but by its administration. When the cabinet secretary looks into that, she will find that the point is administrative and not political. If she seeks to make party-political points, she misunderstands the situation. We are missing a significant opportunity to...

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service (60th Anniversary) (4 Jun 2008)

Margaret Curran: I thank Bill Butler for bringing the debate, which has allowed the Parliament to be part of the tribute to the NHS, and for his typically robust and interesting speech. I hope that this debate will be the start of many full personal and political tributes to the NHS in the coming months. The significance of the NHS to Labour is shown by the fact that so many Labour members are contributing to...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Ambulance Service (4 Jun 2008)

Margaret Curran: Thank you, Presiding Officer—I will do my very best, I promise. I thank the cabinet secretary for advance copy of the statement. Cabinet secretary, you will be aware that Labour brought these issues to the Parliament on 22 May because concerns throughout Scotland were so serious that they demanded immediate attention. I begin today by stating categorically that the Labour Party recognises...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Health and Wellbeing: Blood Donation (29 May 2008)

Margaret Curran: On Wednesday 23 April, the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing announced the public inquiry into the hepatitis C action plan. I asked about the funding of the inquiry and the cabinet secretary said that "money will not be taken from the hepatitis C action plan to fund the inquiry. If Margaret Curran wants to look at the budget she will see the distinct entries for both...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Health and Wellbeing: Blood Donation (29 May 2008)

Margaret Curran: The information was clarified three days later. I am briefly coming to the point, Presiding Officer. I have been told that the public inquiry is to be included within the health protection budget; but since asking about funding for the inquiry under the health protection budget, I have been told that I will have to submit a freedom of information request. Is it legitimate that an MSP is...

Scottish Parliament: Europe, External Affairs and Culture: Cultural Activities (Deprived Communities) (22 May 2008)

Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what resources are available to deprived communities for cultural activities. (S3O-3432)

Scottish Parliament: Europe, External Affairs and Culture: Cultural Activities (Deprived Communities) (22 May 2008)

Margaret Curran: The minister will be aware that James McAvoy recently drew attention to the importance of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in providing drama courses of the highest quality, which he emphasised was particularly important for young people from deprived backgrounds. She has dropped cultural co-ordinators, who assist the most excluded, and she says that the Government listens to...


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