Results 1–20 of 671 for speaker:Mary Fee

Scottish Parliament: Sport (2 Jun 2011)

Mary Fee: I thank the people of West Scotland for giving me the great privilege of representing the area for the next five years. I pay tribute to the devoted MSPs whom the Parliament lost at the previous election; I was looking forward to working with many of them. However, that lost talent has been replaced by many new faces, of which I am one. I also pay tribute to Stuart Clark, the Labour candidate...

Scottish Parliament: Caring for Scotland’s Older People (9 Jun 2011)

Mary Fee: I am happy to take part in the debate, because caring for the elderly is a personal issue for me, as I am sure it is for most members in the chamber. I was a carer for my aunt, who had dementia. Over several years, I dealt with her deterioration and decline daily. I therefore know how families across Scotland feel, and how services can, and should, be improved. Dementia is a serious issue,...

Scottish Parliament: Bus Services (Rural and Out-of-town Areas) (9 Jun 2011)

Mary Fee: 9. To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to improve bus services in rural and out-of-town areas. (S4O-00019)

Scottish Parliament: Bus Services (Rural and Out-of-town Areas) (9 Jun 2011)

Mary Fee: Lack of services, particularly buses, concerns people not only in my constituency but across the country. Large operators still cherry pick profitable routes, isolating communities and forcing out small operators. If the Government wants to do more to move towards a greener economy, we need an integrated transport system, which would have the knock-on effect of benefiting the tourist...

Scottish Parliament: Bus Services (Rural and Out-of-town Areas) (9 Jun 2011)

Mary Fee: The present system isolates elderly people. Given the debate that we have had this morning, I would like assurances that something will be done to protect the elderly.

Scottish Parliament: Taking Scotland Forward: Justice (15 Jun 2011)

Mary Fee: I thank members for their input to what has been a very interesting debate. I pick up on a point made by Johann Lamont. She said that our justice system should be underpinned by fairness, honesty and transparency. That statement should resonate around the chamber. It should be our overriding goal. I am sure that the justice minister has been listening closely to all the issues that have been...

Scottish Parliament: Taking Scotland Forward: Justice (15 Jun 2011)

Mary Fee: Phil Taylor, the regional director of the UK Border Agency for Scotland and Northern Ireland has slammed the ability of the criminal justice system to deal with sex and labour trafficking, branding it as too slow. To receive such criticism from inside the system is a major blow to the Government and shows that it is not doing enough to create a safer society.

Scottish Parliament: Dementia (Care Home Places) (30 Jun 2011)

Mary Fee: What assurances can the minister give members and families throughout Scotland who are concerned about recent evidence that care homes are struggling to cope and have been found to be drugging patients—as happened in the case of Mrs V, for example—and that one in 10 care homes are providing weak or unsatisfactory care? What steps are in place to integrate health and social care for the...

Scottish Parliament: Social Care (Advice and Guidance) (8 Sep 2011)

Mary Fee: What guarantees will be in place to assure members that all care that is paid for by self-directed support will be undertaken by fully trained and qualified carers? How will self-directed support maintain standards of care throughout Scotland?

Scottish Parliament: Social Care Services (Procurement) (15 Sep 2011)

Mary Fee: I welcome the staff of Quarriers who are sitting in the gallery. I ask the First Minister and the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Cities Strategy to speak to them today after First Minister’s questions about the impact that social care procurement has on the lives of the staff and the service users to whom they provide excellent care, and to step in to help everyone who is...

Scottish Parliament: Social Care Services (Procurement) (15 Sep 2011)

Mary Fee: I am sorry—I do not have time. Operating costs have been reduced hugely through cuts to staff pay and changes to terms and conditions, for example. If we continue to make cuts, carers will become demoralised and the level of care will suffer. In February, the director of the Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland wrote to The Herald to highlight that “more than 80%” of its...

Scottish Parliament: Social Care Services (Procurement) (15 Sep 2011)

Mary Fee: The organisations that deliver our social care must not be attacked further. I call on the Government to protect organisations, staff and service users alike.

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health (28 Sep 2011)

Mary Fee: I am glad to take part in the debate and I hope that the Scottish Government will listen to all voices and to issues that have been raised by members from all sides. Last week the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth presented his budget for the forthcoming year, in which there is the statement: “Good mental and physical health and well-being is vital for...

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health (28 Sep 2011)

Mary Fee: Yes. I will finish by quoting from Mr Swinney’s spending review document: “Providing high quality care and support for older people is a fundamental principle of social justice and is an important hallmark of a caring and compassionate society.” If only the SNP would show that care and compassion, I would believe that it was sincere in making that statement.

Scottish Parliament: Cancer Drugs (29 Sep 2011)

Mary Fee: I welcome the opportunity to speak in such a sensitive but crucial debate. The Scottish Conservatives are right to bring the issue to the chamber today. I support any initiative to improve the treatment of cancer patients, but I do not believe that a cancer drugs fund is the answer. A drugs fund would not solve the problem of the drug approval system but would simply bypass it. The...

Scottish Parliament: Welfare Reform (5 Oct 2011)

Mary Fee: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Prison Visits (Children) (27 Oct 2011)

Mary Fee: 9. To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will request that the Scottish Prison Service record all visits made by children to family members in prison and whether it considers that setting targets for such visits would help the rehabilitation of prisoners. (S4O-00276)

Scottish Parliament: Prison Visits (Children) (27 Oct 2011)

Mary Fee: I have a letter from John Ewing, the chief executive of SPS, which was sent to one of my colleagues. It states clearly that it should be up to the social work department to carry out the collection of data. Does the cabinet secretary agree with that statement, and does he agree that the social work department has sufficient resource in that regard?

Scottish Parliament: Looked-after Children (2 Nov 2011)

Mary Fee: I, too, declare an interest. I am a councillor and for four years—until May this year—I was on Renfrewshire Council’s adoption panel. During my time on the panel I came across many cases that could have been processed more quickly. The social work department in Renfrewshire has worked hard to improve that. There has been considerable investment in ensuring that all paperwork is ready on...

Scottish Parliament: Rehabilitation and Enablement (9 Nov 2011)

Mary Fee: I welcome the Scottish Government’s continuation of the change fund. That measure is extremely important in facing the challenge of a changing demographic. However, I have some concerns, which are shared by many in the care sector. My main worry is that some councils and health boards may use moneys from the fund to offset any budget cuts that the Administration imposes. Also, how will they...

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