Results 1–20 of 1764 for speaker:Nanette Milne

Scottish Parliament: Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (22 Mar 2016)

Nanette Milne: I welcome the minister’s amendments in the group. I share Malcolm Chisholm’s concern and look forward to hearing what the minister says about his amendments 86A and 95A. The Health and Sport Committee discussed the issues with bereaved parents. They are obviously sensitive issues. Those people feel strongly that the women’s interests should be put first and that matters should be...

Scottish Parliament: Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Bill (22 Mar 2016)

Nanette Milne: Thank you very much for those kind words, Presiding Officer. Of the seven bills that the Health and Sport Committee dealt with during this session of the Parliament, six have been before us during the past five or six months. This final stage 3 debate brings to a close a particularly busy session that has been quite onerous for committee members, clerks and support staff—no doubt that is...

Scottish Parliament: Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Bill (22 Mar 2016)

Nanette Milne: Jackson Carlaw quickly absorbed the detail of our health service, which I have lived and breathed for a long time. It has been a privilege to represent the great folk of north-east Scotland for the past 13 years and to meet the many people whom I have got to know down here through committee work and the many cross-party groups that I am involved with. However, I am looking forward very much...

Scottish Parliament: Schools Autism Awareness Week (16 Mar 2016)

Nanette Milne: I, too, extend my thanks to my North East Scotland colleague Mark McDonald for once again bringing to the chamber a debate on autism. In the lifetime of the Parliament, we have looked at many aspects of understanding and coping with the condition, such as relaxed cinema and theatre performances, which have made such a difference in enabling people—especially children—to enjoy pursuits...

Scottish Parliament: Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal (9 Mar 2016)

Nanette Milne: I, too, thank Linda Fabiani for lodging this motion on an issue that we discuss every year. Of course, this year is special, given that we are celebrating Marie Curie’s 30th anniversary of its great daffodil appeal. At last week’s Scottish Conservative Party conference, where Marie Curie had a stall, Richard Meade of the organisation told my researcher of his disappointment at many...

Scottish Parliament: Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc and Care) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (3 Mar 2016)

Nanette Milne: I support Malcolm Chisholm’s amendments, and I will be brief. From my experience in the health service, I am well aware that there are patients who certainly do not want to know the detail of what goes on even in their own treatment, or if there have been mistakes. I appreciate that, for the duty of candour, it is necessary for them to know that there has been something, but it should...

Scottish Parliament: Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc and Care) (Scotland) Bill (3 Mar 2016)

Nanette Milne: This afternoon sees the completion of the fifth piece of legislation to be scrutinised by the Health and Sport Committee in the last few months of this parliamentary session. I echo the thanks that have already been expressed to all those who have contributed to our understanding of the bill’s provisions and to those who have worked to make improvements to it as it has made its way through...

Scottish Parliament: Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc and Care) (Scotland) Bill (3 Mar 2016)

Nanette Milne: I begin my closing remarks by returning to parts 2 and 3 of the bill. I grew up in a paternalistic NHS, at a time when patients expected and received little information about the treatment that they were given and accepted without question that health professionals, particularly doctors, knew best and did their best, even when things went wrong. No one would ever have thought that such people...

Scottish Parliament: Delayed Discharge (NHS Grampian) (2 Mar 2016)

Nanette Milne: The cabinet secretary will be aware that I lodged an amendment to the Carers (Scotland) Bill to the effect that discharge planning should start as early as reasonably possible on the patient’s hospital journey. Does she know whether any hospitals in Scotland are adopting that approach? If it was successful, it would contribute significantly.

Scottish Parliament: Caring in Craigmillar (1 Mar 2016)

Nanette Milne: I, too, congratulate Kenny MacAskill on securing what I now know will be his final debate before he retires as the member for Edinburgh Eastern. I wish him well for the future. The motion is very much a constituency-focused one, as Caring in Craigmillar is a grass-roots support service that aims to help the elderly, disabled or vulnerable at a dedicated care centre. As a north-east MSP, I do...

Scottish Parliament: General Practitioner Services (Funding) (23 Feb 2016)

Nanette Milne: It seems that senior GPs are queuing up to express their concern about the percentage fall in GP funding as a share of national health service resources—the latest example being Dr Ken Lawton, who is a senior partner at the Great Western medical practice in Aberdeen, who said at the weekend that as a result of the shortfall, “There will be a deterioration of general practice and the...

Scottish Parliament: Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2016 (23 Feb 2016)

Nanette Milne: In the five years of this session of Parliament, Dennis Robertson has brought the issue of eating disorders to the chamber on numerous occasions, through debates and questions. I am sure that, should he be re-elected, that will continue. From dealing with the effect on females of mannequins and size 10 models with the “body beautiful”, to the rising problem of eating disorders in young...

Scottish Parliament: Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (11 Feb 2016)

Nanette Milne: There has been a general welcome for the Scottish Government’s intention in the bill to “create legislation which is fit for twenty-first century Scotland”, because much of the law governing burial and cremation dates back well over 100 years and is increasingly unfit for purpose in today's society. As we know, the Health and Sport Committee, as the lead committee for the bill, focused...

Scottish Parliament: Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (11 Feb 2016)

Nanette Milne: We have had a useful discussion of the bill, and there is clearly support across the chamber for its general principles. I will touch on the Local Government and Regeneration Committee’s stage 1 report, which considered the parts of the bill other than those that relate to pregnancy loss, stillbirth and infant loss. I note the committee’s criticism of the bill as lacking ambition and its...

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Funding (Reform) (10 Feb 2016)

Nanette Milne: 9. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its plans to reform local government funding. (S4O-05542)

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Funding (Reform) (10 Feb 2016)

Nanette Milne: There is increasing concern that north-east households, which already pay the highest council tax levels in Scotland, will be hit by new higher bands that the commission and local tax reform proposed. Any change to the banding system, such as the introduction of two new top-rate bands, could mean that council tax in Aberdeen will increase from £2,461 a year to around £3,960. Therefore,...

Scottish Parliament: Transplantation (Authorisation of Removal of Organs etc) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (9 Feb 2016)

Nanette Milne: I add my thanks to all the witnesses who gave evidence to the Health and Sport Committee, to the committee clerks for their hard work and support in bringing that evidence together and to the member in charge of the bill for raising the profile of the hugely important issue of organ donation. I know that Anne McTaggart is passionate about the need to increase organ donation in Scotland. There...

Scottish Parliament: Transplantation (Authorisation of Removal of Organs etc) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (9 Feb 2016)

Nanette Milne: I do not think that I have time—I am sorry. Another contentious aspect of the bill is the role of the authorised investigating person, who is described in the policy memorandum as a health professional whose role would be “to determine whether or not a deceased adult’s organs can lawfully be removed and used for transplantation.” The member in charge of the bill envisages the...

Scottish Parliament: Carers (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (4 Feb 2016)

Nanette Milne: I speak in support of amendments 14, 24 and 27. When a carer loses a loved one or someone to whom they have become emotionally attached through caring for them through a terminal illness, the experience can be devastating and leave the carer feeling quite abandoned and bereft. There are many practical as well as emotional issues to cope with after such a loss, including dealing with financial...

Scottish Parliament: Carers (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (4 Feb 2016)

Nanette Milne: Amendments 33 and 34 are intended to help make the breaks from caring that may be delivered through support under the bill more effective. Section 23(1) of the bill requires that “A local authority, in determining which support to provide to a carer under section 22(4), must consider in particular whether the support should take the form of or include a break from caring.” Amendment 33...


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