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Scottish Parliament: Pain Management Task Force (Update) (21 Feb 2024)

Fergus Ewing: Chronic pain management services in NHS Highland are suffering a hiatus after the retirement of a well-respected senior consultant who took a strong interest in the matter. Will the minister meet me and, possibly, other Highland MSPs who share broad concerns on the issue to ensure that NHS Highland takes steps to deal with people who suffer from chronic pain, some of whom have tremendous...

Scottish Parliament: Primary Care (Access) (21 Feb 2024)

Fergus Ewing: Alex Cole-Hamilton mentioned the training of doctors of all sorts. In order to prevent the drift of newly qualified doctors to Australia, Canada and the USA after the state has invested £250,000, on average, in their training, would it not be worth considering the introduction of a bond system whereby, if people chose to work in other countries just after the state had paid for their...

Scottish Parliament: Primary Care (Access) (21 Feb 2024)

Fergus Ewing: Will the cabinet secretary give way?

Scottish Parliament: Primary Care (Access) (21 Feb 2024)

Fergus Ewing: Will the cabinet secretary obtain as much data as he can about the number of GPs and newly qualified doctors in general who leave this country for other countries, preparatory to considering the proposal for a bond that I put to Mr Cole-Hamilton?

Scottish Parliament: Primary Care (Access) (21 Feb 2024)

Fergus Ewing: Beatrice Wishart describes the shortages of medical personnel in Shetland, and I am sure that that is the case in many rural parts of Scotland—it is certainly so in the Highlands. A bond system could include the requirement for young qualified medical doctors to work in such remote areas. I believe that such a system of ensuring that rural provision is met and that personnel are available...

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service Dentistry (21 Feb 2024)

Fergus Ewing: Like the offices of all other members in this debate, my constituency office receives a huge number of contacts from people who present with very serious problems because of lack of access to NHS dentistry. For a while, the nearest place for people in my constituency to access an NHS dentist was Invergordon, where they had to go instead of Inverness. I see no point in using the short time...

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service Dentistry (21 Feb 2024)

Fergus Ewing: I totally agree with that point. Unnecessary bureaucratic imposts are one of the things that are really holding Scotland back across the range. Incidentally, I was heartened that the new cabinet secretary undertook, in his first statement, that he would seek reform. That is why I am making this speech—because I am trying to be helpful. The idea of a bond is not new, and it is not mine—I...

Scottish Parliament: A96 Dualling (Inverness to Aberdeen) (20 Feb 2024)

Fergus Ewing: On 19 February 2021, the then cabinet secretary for transport, Michael Matheson, announced that the made orders for the Nairn bypass and the dualled section of the A96 from Inverness would be issued that summer. Three years on, that still has not happened. Has the three-year delay been deliberate, as a means of ensuring that the Scottish Government does not have to spend the money on...

Scottish Parliament: Business Confidence and Promotion of Entrepreneurship ( 7 Feb 2024)

Fergus Ewing: In the next financial year, businesses in the hospitality sector south of the border in the United Kingdom will receive 75 per cent rates relief; here, they will receive zero relief. Given that those businesses—including hotels, pubs, restaurants and some visitor attractions such as bingo clubs in my constituency—incurred major debt to survive the lockdown during Covid, that is a serious...

Scottish Parliament: Bankruptcy and Diligence (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 ( 6 Feb 2024)

Fergus Ewing: Murdo Fraser sets out the challenge very clearly. Is there not a concomitant risk that many debtors who are aware of the fact that mental health may provide a method of getting a pause might instruct solicitors that they have a mental health problem, perhaps with some merit and substance, and, therefore, a very serious risk that, if we go through the bill without defining exactly what it is...

Scottish Parliament: Bankruptcy and Diligence (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 ( 6 Feb 2024)

Fergus Ewing: I apologise for being late to the chamber because of being unavoidably detained on a personal matter. It was in the 1970s that I read a reflection that the late distinguished first First Minister of Scotland made at that point, which was that Scotland was the only country in the world that had her own legal system but lacked a legislature. He believed profoundly that this Parliament should...

Scottish Parliament: Bankruptcy and Diligence (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 ( 6 Feb 2024)

Fergus Ewing: There is an element of that, but I want to finish the point that I was making. Many of those people, who faced the loss of their business, their dignity, their status and their self-esteem and self-worth, were under incredible stress. Very often, they did not have any mental problems, but I could sense, as a non-expert—an entirely lay person—that they were beginning to suffer from mental...

Scottish Parliament: Bankruptcy and Diligence (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 ( 6 Feb 2024)

Fergus Ewing: I will take the minister’s intervention if I have time, Presiding Officer.

Scottish Parliament: Bankruptcy and Diligence (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 ( 6 Feb 2024)

Fergus Ewing: I wish the minister well, but my main point is that the questions are difficult and postponing them until a later date is not the right solution. If they can be answered prior to stage 3, that would do Parliament a service and it could avoid what I have identified as potential risks becoming actual ones. I wish the minister well in the task that I once pursued, and I very much hope that he...

Scottish Parliament: Bankruptcy and Diligence (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 ( 6 Feb 2024)

Fergus Ewing: I have a constituent who is a cleaner and works for the public services. He inherited a small amount of money from his parents, which he used to buy a flat to rent out. His tenant has not paid the rent for a long period of time and has said that he will not do so, because he knows that he cannot be evicted. Thus, my constituent is facing severe mental stress. He is not wealthy—he is a...

Scottish Parliament: Measles ( 1 Feb 2024)

Fergus Ewing: The worryingly low uptake of the MMR and flu vaccines in the Highlands increases the risk to public health and the risk of an outbreak of measles. Will the First Minister and his Cabinet Secretary for NHS Recovery, Health and Social Care ask NHS Highland to work with general practices such as that in Nairn, which is keen to resume local provision of the vaccination service from general...

Scottish Parliament: European Union (30 Jan 2024)

Fergus Ewing: Mr Stewart said that it was questionable that we had an influence in the EU. To give an example, between 1979 and 2020, the Highlands and Islands received more than £1 billion from the EU—I understand that it received £1.024 billion. My late mother was influential in obtaining some of that, under objective 1. Surely that is a very good example of us having a positive voice in Europe even...

Scottish Parliament: Green Economy (24 Jan 2024)

Fergus Ewing: I agree with all that the cabinet secretary has said. Does he agree that, in order to maximise the efficacy of the opportunities in the green economy, we must continue to support a thriving oil and gas sector, not least because the companies in it make very substantial investment in renewables from their resources and through the work that they do? Does he agree that, if we shut them down...

Scottish Parliament: Green Economy (24 Jan 2024)

Fergus Ewing: The Highlands and Islands should become the heart and hub of renewable development in Scotland over the next 50 years—working with Aberdeen and other centres of excellence, of course. That is not Trumpian hyperbole, but a conclusion that can inescapably be drawn from the facts—not only the facts of existing developments in the Highlands over the past 20 or 30 years in various types of...

Scottish Parliament: Green Economy (24 Jan 2024)

Fergus Ewing: Yes, I welcome that. I hope that, as a humble back bencher, I might get a little bit of time back for that intervention, Presiding Officer. We need more people and more homes, and we need proper transport links. It would be remiss of me not to mention dualling of the A9 and the A96. If we are to achieve all those things, we cannot continue with the transport system that we have, because it...


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