Results 1–20 of 2712 for speaker:Neil Findlay

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government (Economic Impact Assessment) (25 Nov 2020)

Neil Findlay: In the cabinet secretary’s constituency and in my region, there are wind turbines as far as the eye can see and none of them has been built in Scotland. The programme for government makes all sorts of commitments to jobs and renewable energy, and we hear warm words about green jobs and a just transition. However, that is all utterly meaningless today as BiFab looks set to lose yet more work...

Scottish Parliament: Schools (Staff and Pupil Safety) (25 Nov 2020)

Neil Findlay: 3. To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to ensure that staff and pupils are safe in schools. (S5O-04787)

Scottish Parliament: Schools (Staff and Pupil Safety) (25 Nov 2020)

Neil Findlay: According to the latest survey of schools by the Educational Institute of Scotland, teachers support the decision to keep schools open where at all possible, but they have real concerns about their and their pupils’ health and safety, with 43 per cent saying that they do not feel safe under the current conditions. What additional support is the Government putting into schools to increase...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Care Homes) (24 Nov 2020)

Neil Findlay: 1. To ask the Scottish Government for what reason it is allowing the discharge of Covid-19-positive hospital patients to care homes. (S5T-02539)

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Care Homes) (24 Nov 2020)

Neil Findlay: Last Tuesday, my constituent was admitted to hospital from her care home. She tested positive for Covid on Wednesday and was discharged back to the care home on Thursday. When I raised that at First Minister’s question time and asked whether we were back to discharging Covid-positive patients to care homes, Nicola Sturgeon was emphatic in her answer, saying: “With ... respect, I do not...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Care Homes) (24 Nov 2020)

Neil Findlay: It appears that across the country the guidelines are being repeatedly flouted. However, what about the rights of the other care home residents? The guidance says that visiting should take place only when it is established and declared by local health protection teams, 28 days after the last positive test, that a care home is free of Covid cases. The cabinet secretary knows only too well of...

Scottish Parliament: Supply and Demand for Medicines (24 Nov 2020)

Neil Findlay: I have long believed that we should have state provision of those unbranded drugs—that the state should produce them centrally and drive down the costs so that we are not being ripped off by pharmaceutical companies. Does George Adam agree?

Scottish Parliament: Care Homes (Discharge of Covid-positive Patients) (19 Nov 2020)

Neil Findlay: This week, West Lothian will move into level 4, which means that visits to a care home can take place only once that home is clear of the last Covid case for 28 days. Last night, I was contacted by a member of a family whose mum was hospitalised yesterday and tested positive for Covid. They have been told today that she will be discharged to her care home while she is positive for Covid. Are...

Scottish Parliament: Independence Referendum (19 Nov 2020)

Neil Findlay: I am pleased to hear the would-be President’s commitment to democracy. I am sure that that commitment comes before his nationalism. However, for the purpose of this question, can we put aside the timing of any referendum and indeed the detail and, instead, can I raise the issue of principle? Does the cabinet secretary believe, as a democrat, that allowing voters choice by widening the...

Scottish Parliament: Covid Vaccine (19 Nov 2020)

Neil Findlay: Last night, I was contacted by home care staff, a community nurse and two ward staff members, all of whom are in contact with Covid patients and all of whom told me that they had not been tested, eight months down the line—not even once. Given that shameful situation, what confidence can they have that they will be near the front of the queue when the vaccine comes? What is meant by...

Scottish Parliament: Youth Football (19 Nov 2020)

Neil Findlay: The minister might recall the battle that we on the Health and Sport Committee—I am not sure whether he was involved with the committee at the time—had with the SFA regarding child protection measures. The SFA was very reluctant to take responsibility and act on that issue, and it tried to pass the buck to other people. What confidence can we have in the SFA taking the issue seriously and...

Scottish Parliament: Coronavirus (Scotland’s Strategic Approach) (19 Nov 2020)

Neil Findlay: For almost nine months, people across Scotland have co-operated. They have been careful, taken advice and been tolerant. They have implemented unprecedented measures and have sacrificed their rights, freedoms, relationships, jobs, businesses and much more. Their physical and mental wellbeing has suffered. It has been brutal, painful, dispiriting and, all too often, devastating, with 5,000...

Scottish Parliament: Coronavirus (Scotland’s Strategic Approach) (19 Nov 2020)

Neil Findlay: I have hardly any time. I also want to object in the strongest possible terms to the way in which the emphasis of Government strategy sees the cause of virus spread as individual behaviour and not as a failure of planning, governance and year-on-year cuts to the public services that protect and civilise us. The greatest failure has been the failure to take on board the WHO’s advice to test,...

Scottish Parliament: Coronavirus (Scotland’s Strategic Approach) (19 Nov 2020)

Neil Findlay: Will Mr Harvie take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Coronavirus (Scotland’s Strategic Approach) (19 Nov 2020)

Neil Findlay: Tell us who they were.

Scottish Parliament: Green Recovery (11 Nov 2020)

Neil Findlay: Green energy will be central to the recovery, so why are huge profits from wind energy projects being exported to the boardrooms of multinational companies across Europe and venture capital firms, when those profits could be kept in the community and used for public services? What hard cash is available for community and publicly owned wind farms?

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time (11 Nov 2020)

Neil Findlay: We have had issues with votes in the past—for example, we had an issue with the mesh vote. However, if people are going to play games as they have done tonight, our whole system will lack credibility. I appeal to members to think very carefully about what has gone on tonight.

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Discharge of Hospital Patients to Care Homes) (4 Nov 2020)

Neil Findlay: I will not ask about individual results or when guidance changed; I will ask the cabinet secretary a very straight question: on which date did she know that Covid patients were being discharged to care homes untested? All that I want in answer is a date.

Scottish Parliament: Care Homes (4 Nov 2020)

Neil Findlay: I declare an interest as my mum is a resident in a care home and my wife and daughter work in the NHS. I have never worked in a care home and have never been a resident in one. With that in mind, I have to relay what carers and those for whom they care have told me and try to put myself in their position. Imagine that it is March of this year and that you are an 81-year-old patient in...

Scottish Parliament: Care Homes (4 Nov 2020)

Neil Findlay: Will the member take an intervention?

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