Results 1–20 of 840 for speaker:Maree Todd

Scottish Parliament: Ayr Cemetery (30 Jun 2022)

Maree Todd: It is for South Ayrshire Council, as the burial authority, to manage, secure and maintain the burial grounds for which it has responsibility. The Scottish Government has no locus to intervene in operational matters regarding burial grounds. However, in response to correspondence from relatives about water ingress to burial chambers at Ayr cemetery, officials contacted South Ayrshire Council...

Scottish Parliament: Ayr Cemetery (30 Jun 2022)

Maree Todd: Absolutely. I start by offering my deepest condolences to the families who have been affected by the situation at Ayr cemetery. I agree with the member for Ayr, and I welcome South Ayrshire Council’s investigation into how the issues at Ayr cemetery arose. Where possible, any results of, or lessons learned from, the investigation should be shared to ensure that no other families have to...

Scottish Parliament: Business Motion (29 Jun 2022)

Maree Todd: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I was unable to connect, and I would have voted yes.

Scottish Parliament: Abortion Services (Safe Access) (28 Jun 2022)

Maree Todd: The First Minister hosted a summit on safe access to abortion yesterday. The summit focused on making progress in ensuring that women do not feel harassed or intimidated when accessing abortion services. The discussion agreed that primary legislation will be needed to provide a long-term solution for Scotland, but that any legislation must be carefully considered to ensure that it is...

Scottish Parliament: Abortion Services (Safe Access) (28 Jun 2022)

Maree Todd: As the member says, legislation takes time. At yesterday’s summit, we discussed finding shorter-term solutions that will ensure that women can access the healthcare that they need in the meantime. Our programme for government included a commitment to support any local authority that wishes to establish byelaws to create protest-free safe zones outside clinics that provide abortion services....

Scottish Parliament: Abortion Services (Safe Access) (28 Jun 2022)

Maree Todd: I thank the member for her question and for the opportunity to offer my whole-hearted solidarity to women in the United States following the decision to overturn Roe v Wade and to women elsewhere in the world who do not have access to safe and legal abortion care. At a time when women’s reproductive rights are being eroded in other parts of the world, I reiterate my firm commitment to...

Scottish Parliament: Abortion Services (Safe Access) (28 Jun 2022)

Maree Todd: I reiterate my solidarity with all women, including LGBTQI women, in the United States following the overturning of Roe v Wade last week. The Scottish Government remains absolutely committed to ensuring that the rights of women in Scotland remain intact, and we will continue to work with healthcare providers through the buffer zones working group and its members to ensure that the appropriate...

Scottish Parliament: Abortion Services (Safe Access) (28 Jun 2022)

Maree Todd: I thank the member for the question. I have already made it clear that the system of being able to take both medications at home, which was introduced during the pandemic, will continue. I expect the review that we have asked to be done of the safety and efficacy of the processes that we have in place to report towards the end of this year. Of course, as with any healthcare provision, we will...

Scottish Parliament: Abortion Services (Safe Access) (28 Jun 2022)

Maree Todd: I thank the member for that question. It gives me an opportunity to put on the record again that I profoundly disagree with Mr Mason’s views and that I am absolutely confident that services that are provided in Scotland around informed consent relating to abortions are good and meet the legal standards, but also that, in my experience, people who work in sexual health go above and beyond to...

Scottish Parliament: Abortion Services (Safe Access) (28 Jun 2022)

Maree Todd: I agree that it is vital that each of us who are in positions of power in the Parliament take our responsibility very seriously to ensure that the information that we give is accurate, and I am more than happy to liaise with the chief medical officer to ensure that every member has the opportunity to understand the issues that are at hand.

Scottish Parliament: Coronavirus (Recovery and Reform) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (28 Jun 2022)

Maree Todd: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I could not connect to the voting app. I would have voted yes.

Scottish Parliament: Coronavirus (Recovery and Reform) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (28 Jun 2022)

Maree Todd: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I am unable to connect to the app. If I were able to connect, I would have voted no.

Scottish Parliament: Celebrating Success of Rugby (23 Jun 2022)

Maree Todd: I thank Douglas Lumsden for lodging the motion in Parliament and everyone across the chamber who contributed to the debate. As members will all know, I am a huge rugby fan and, indeed, a player on our Parliament team—player president, I think, Mr Carson. I am absolutely delighted to close this members’ business debate on behalf of the Scottish Government. Members across the chamber will...

Scottish Parliament: Alcohol Services (Funding) (15 Jun 2022)

Maree Todd: We are currently working in partnership with Simon Community Scotland to pilot and evaluate an innovative managed alcohol programme for people who experience homelessness. Funding allocated to alcohol and drug partnerships—ADPs—is for both alcohol and drug treatment services. In 2021-22, ADPs and health boards received more than £106 million for alcohol and drug services. That funding is...

Scottish Parliament: Alcohol Services (Funding) (15 Jun 2022)

Maree Todd: Alcohol and drug-related harms are both important public health issues in Scotland, which is why we established a national mission to improve and save lives. At the core of that national mission is ensuring that every individual is able to access the treatment and recovery that they choose. We are working to ensure that people with alcohol use disorder continue to receive the same quality of...

Scottish Parliament: Cervical Screening (15 Jun 2022)

Maree Todd: The impacts of Covid-19 continue to pose challenges to the cervical screening programme. However, we are working closely with the organisations that oversee screening in Scotland to ensure that the programme remains on track against its agreed recovery road map. The latest uptake data for the cervical screening programme, for 2021-22, is due to be published later this year. In recognition of...

Scottish Parliament: Cervical Screening (15 Jun 2022)

Maree Todd: The national health service is currently meeting its target for the average turnaround time for all samples, which is within 14 days. In fact, more than 80 per cent of the participants in the programme receive their results within a week of the sample being taken. I am aware of the particular case that the member raised with me on behalf of one of her constituents, which my officials are...

Scottish Parliament: Cervical Screening (15 Jun 2022)

Maree Todd: Although I agree that self sampling is likely to help in terms of uptake, it is not the whole answer, which we can see by looking at the bowel screening programme, which is done entirely at home but still does not have 100 per cent participation. We need to work harder and cleverer. The chamber will be aware that home screening for cervical cancer is at an experimental stage. We are...

Scottish Parliament: Cervical Screening (15 Jun 2022)

Maree Todd: I thank Beatrice Wishart for her question and for her interest in that area. At the moment, uptake is higher among those who have received the vaccine than it is among those who have not received it. We are very keen to continue at the moment with the twin strategy of vaccinating the eligible population as well as using cervical screening to ensure that we detect cancer before it develops....

Scottish Parliament: Business Motion (14 Jun 2022)

Maree Todd: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I voted no, but my vote does not appear to have registered. I am not sure whether it has registered.


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