Results 1–20 of 482 for speaker:Miles Briggs

Scottish Parliament: Pancreatic Cancer Awareness (13 Nov 2019)

Miles Briggs: I start by congratulating Clare Adamson on securing today’s debate and I commend her for her consistent campaigning on pancreatic cancer. It is an important issue that I know she is passionate about and has been campaigning on for many years. I thank her, too, for her comments about my colleague John Scott. I also thank and pay tribute to Pancreatic Cancer UK, Pancreatic Cancer Scotland and...

Scottish Parliament: UEFA European Championship (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (5 Nov 2019)

Miles Briggs: I cannot be the only member who, on seeing that we were going to debate the UEFA European Championship (Scotland) Bill, tried to think of an amendment to ensure that Scotland would automatically be accepted into the championships. I say to the minister that I do not know whether our lawyers can see whether that is still possible, but I am sure that we all hope to achieve it at stage 2 or 3....

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service (Funding) (31 Oct 2019)

Miles Briggs: Record funding has come from the United Kingdom Conservative Government, which the First Minister has failed to mention. However, looking at the Audit Scotland report, we see that spending on nursing agency and bank staff has soared by more than one fifth under her Government. Does the First Minister think that that is anything to do with her decision to cut the number of student nurse places...

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service (Funding) (31 Oct 2019)

Miles Briggs: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. In her response to Emma Harper’s question, the First Minister failed to outline her links to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Nicola Sturgeon has hosted lavish dinners for that US-based private health giant at Edinburgh castle. Since then, private meetings have resulted in the First Minister and SNP ministers holding more private meetings and...

Scottish Parliament: Motor Neurone Disease (Blue Badge Scheme) (26 Sep 2019)

Miles Briggs: I congratulate my friend and colleague Rachael Hamilton on securing today’s debate, and I pay tribute to her campaigning on this important issue. I also welcome Doddie Weir and his family to the gallery, and I warmly congratulate him on having received the OBE and commend him for all his campaigning work. It is truly inspirational and will, I know, make a huge difference to people with MND....

Scottish Parliament: Biodiversity (Edinburgh) (26 Sep 2019)

Miles Briggs: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to increase biodiversity in Edinburgh. (S5O-03583)

Scottish Parliament: Biodiversity (Edinburgh) (26 Sep 2019)

Miles Briggs: Does the cabinet secretary agree that green spaces in urban areas are a valuable habitat source of biodiversity, and is she aware of the Midmar paddock in the south of Edinburgh, which is home to many important wildflower species? It is now being repeatedly marketed as a development opportunity despite being green belt, a special landscape area and designated as open space and a local natural...

Scottish Parliament: New Homes (Accessibility) (19 Sep 2019)

Miles Briggs: 2. To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to legislate to ensure that all new homes are fully accessible, including having downstairs sleeping and washing facilities. (S5O-03550)

Scottish Parliament: New Homes (Accessibility) (19 Sep 2019)

Miles Briggs: Today, the British Red Cross published “Life beyond the ward”, a document that has recommendations to improve hospital discharge. One of the challenges is that some people are not able to return home because they do not have facilities downstairs. What learning will the Government take forward from those sorts of documents, especially with regard to our ageing population?

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service Construction Projects (18 Sep 2019)

Miles Briggs: Patients, families and NHS staff need to have confidence that the hospital environment in which they are being cared for or working, is safe. The on-going concerns and issues at the Royal hospital for children and young people in Edinburgh and at the Queen Elizabeth university hospital in Glasgow have undermined public confidence. That should concern us all. I pay tribute to all those who...

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service Construction Projects (18 Sep 2019)

Miles Briggs: I welcome that. Presiding Officer, above all, throughout this period we must remember those who are at the heart of the problems that we have seen: they are the families of children who often have compromised immune systems. I have met families who have lost children. I say to the cabinet secretary that patients, families and NHS staff are beyond angry. They have had enough and want to see...

Scottish Parliament: Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (18 Sep 2019)

Miles Briggs: I thank members from across the chamber who supported my motion and allowed this debate to take place, and I warmly welcome to Parliament the CHAS staff, supporters and volunteers who have joined us in the public gallery this evening, ahead of CHAS’s annual reception, which will be held in the garden lobby after the debate. I pay tribute to each and every one of CHAS’s staff and...

Scottish Parliament: Drug Deaths (12 Sep 2019)

Miles Briggs: I thank Monica Lennon and the Labour Party for today’s debate, which is the second opportunity to discuss drug deaths. The Conservatives had to use our business time for the previous one, and I hope that the minister has heard the message that we should have Government debate time on this issue as soon as possible. Over the summer recess, I undertook a number of visits across Scotland to...

Scottish Parliament: Royal Hospital for Children and Young People (11 Sep 2019)

Miles Briggs: I thank the cabinet secretary for providing an advance copy of her statement. It takes a pretty cynical Government to try to bury bad news by sneaking out two major reports at the very time that Parliament is asked to hold ministers to account. Today’s statement raises more questions than it answers. The cabinet secretary expects us to believe that human error and confusion and the failure...

Scottish Parliament: Bullying and Harassment in the National Health Service (10 Sep 2019)

Miles Briggs: I congratulate my friend and colleague Edward Mountain on securing this important debate and pay tribute to the excellent work that he has done in continuing to speak out for NHS Highland staff who have experienced bullying and harassment. I know, from having met and spoken with some members of NHS Highland in the past weeks and months, that they greatly appreciate the work that he has done....

Scottish Parliament: Drug-related Deaths (5 Sep 2019)

Miles Briggs: I thank the minister for the advance copy of his statement. We all agree that we need to develop a radical new approach to addressing the drug deaths emergency and the increasing drug misuse that is faced by individuals, families and communities across our country. I wish the task force members well and hope that they can achieve a consensus and drive real and positive change. Families and...

Scottish Parliament: Drug-related Deaths (5 Sep 2019)

Miles Briggs: Monthly meetings.

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2019-20 (4 Sep 2019)

Miles Briggs: If there was one thing that stood out in yesterday’s statement on the programme for government, it was the fact that the First Minister did not have very much to say about the NHS. The lightness of the programme really stands out in this Parliament’s 20-year history. Given the SNP Government’s record of running our health service, it is little wonder that the First Minister did not want...

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2019-20 (4 Sep 2019)

Miles Briggs: That is exactly why the UK Government has announced changes to take that forward and make a difference. It is interesting that the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, who opened the debate this afternoon, is not here right now. Over the summer, a GP surgery in Bridge of Earn closed. Maybe she wants to get back to intervene in this debate. This summer has...

Scottish Parliament: Royal Hospital for Children and Young People (Opening) (3 Sep 2019)

Miles Briggs: The impact on NHS Lothian of this further delay to the opening of the sick kids hospital raises serious questions about the financial sustainability of the board, which is already projecting a financial shortfall of £29.5 million for this financial year. Will the cabinet secretary therefore confirm whether Scottish National Party ministers will help to meet the future costs around the sick...


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