Results 1–20 of 335 for speaker:Gillian Mackay

Scottish Parliament: Smoking and Vaping (26 Mar 2024)

Gillian Mackay: I have been campaigning on this issue alongside parents, young people, clinicians, health charities and the Daily Record . They are all really pleased with the announcement on banning single-use vapes, and I thank them for their support. Before the ban comes into place, we need to reduce the potential harm to young people’s health, and I believe that some of that work can be done by...

Scottish Parliament: 40 Days for Life Protests (14 Mar 2024)

Gillian Mackay: 3. To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government’s response is to the current 40 Days for Life protests. (S6F-02931)

Scottish Parliament: 40 Days for Life Protests (14 Mar 2024)

Gillian Mackay: In recent years, we have seen reproductive rights go backwards in countries around the world such as the US, Poland and Brazil. However, there are glimmers of hope, with rights expanding in Argentina and Colombia, and the right to an abortion being enshrined in the constitution in France. Does the First Minister agree that safe access zones must be the first stop in advancing rights in...

Scottish Parliament: Young Carers Action Day 2024 (14 Mar 2024)

Gillian Mackay: I thank Karen Adam for securing this important members’ business debate. I, too, extend my gratitude to young carers across Scotland, including those who are joining us in the public gallery this afternoon, for the incredible work that they do in looking after their loved ones. Yesterday, we celebrated young carers action day, and I commend the immense contribution that young carers make to...

Scottish Parliament: Vaping (Action to Minimise Harm) ( 7 Mar 2024)

Gillian Mackay: 6. To ask the Scottish Government what public health measures are being taken to minimise harm from vaping, prior to the introduction of the proposed ban on single-use vapes. (S6O-03179)

Scottish Parliament: Vaping (Action to Minimise Harm) ( 7 Mar 2024)

Gillian Mackay: Organisations are concerned about how disposable or single-use vapes are defined. They are concerned that manufacturers might try to add a USB port to a disposable vape to get around potential regulation, as well as about the potential scope of exemptions in the regulations. Will the minister provide some assurances on those issues and detail any other work that is under way while we wait for...

Scottish Parliament: Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal 2024 (29 Feb 2024)

Gillian Mackay: I, too, thank Paul Sweeney for securing the time in the chamber for this important annual debate. The great daffodil appeal, which is the most prominent awareness-raising appeal for Marie Curie, runs throughout March. I take the opportunity, as others have, to thank the staff and volunteers of Marie Curie, who deliver services in 31 out of 32 local authority areas, including its two hospices...

Scottish Parliament: Eljamel and NHS Tayside Public Inquiry and Independent Clinical Review (29 Feb 2024)

Gillian Mackay: First, I offer apologies from Maggie Chapman, who was very keen to ask a question but who, due to a personal emergency, cannot be in the chamber this afternoon. I ask this question on her behalf. What work is on-going to ensure that, when all potential victims have been identified, they are kept up to date with the inquiries as they progress in order to ensure that they have all the answers...

Scottish Parliament: National Care Service (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (29 Feb 2024)

Gillian Mackay: Does Emma Harper agree that, as part of that, we must also look at self-directed support and how that is delivered across the country? When we look at the national care service as a whole, we need to ensure that it is about not just directly delivered services but self-directed support, too.

Scottish Parliament: National Care Service (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (29 Feb 2024)

Gillian Mackay: As a member of the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee, I echo my colleagues’ thanks to the clerks and those who gave evidence to the committee. There is no doubt that there are glaring inequalities in social care across the country. The independent review of adult social care outlined significant challenges in the Scottish social care system. The review questioned the effectiveness of...

Scottish Parliament: National Care Service (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (29 Feb 2024)

Gillian Mackay: Absolutely. I thank Emma Harper for mentioning SAMH in particular because, for many of those carers, the mental health aspect—the trauma of being unable to get to their loved ones—exacerbated the situation, and that led to the want and need for Anne’s law in the first place. As I have said previously, although I appreciate that Anne’s law is currently proposed to relate only to social...

Scottish Parliament: Grangemouth Oil Refinery (22 Feb 2024)

Gillian Mackay: I welcome the cabinet secretary to her new portfolio. Many of the potential changes for the site in Grangemouth that the cabinet secretary has set out will functionally change both working in and living beside the refinery. Will the cabinet secretary outline what work is under way to ensure that the current workforce, where it is needed, can be reskilled in the potential industries that she...

Scottish Parliament: Primary Care (Access) (21 Feb 2024)

Gillian Mackay: I start, as others have, by thanking GPs and their primary care teams for their efforts for their patients every single day. The briefing from the Royal College of General Practitioners rightly calls them “the front door” of the NHS. They make up the service that is in most contact with the public and that is in the best possible position to help us to achieve some of the public health...

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service Dentistry (21 Feb 2024)

Gillian Mackay: As I did in the previous debate, I thank all the professionals working in the sector for their hard work. I also thank the BDA for its briefing ahead of the debate. I met the BDA on Monday and had a good discussion with it about several of the issues that have been covered so far. It raised issues, particularly those relating to the backlog that has been created by the pandemic, that...

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time (21 Feb 2024)

Gillian Mackay: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. My vote does not appear to have registered. I would have voted yes.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Ministers (20 Feb 2024)

Gillian Mackay: I welcome Tim Eagle to the chamber. I sincerely hope that his jokes are better than Craig Hoy’s. I thank those who are leaving their positions in Government for all their work. I have found Elena Whitham and Michael Matheson to be constructive; they engaged well with me on a variety of issues. I am looking forward to working with Neil Gray in his new role as Cabinet Secretary for NHS...

Scottish Parliament: Grangemouth Oil Refinery ( 8 Feb 2024)

Gillian Mackay: I thank Stephen Kerr for bringing the debate to the chamber. I also thank workers, the unions and the local community for their thoughts, opinions and concerns about the announcement and the future of the site. Having grown up in Grangemouth and having managed only a mile further up the hill, I know how important the issue is to the entire area. I am angry, on behalf of the workers and the...

Scottish Parliament: Grangemouth Oil Refinery ( 8 Feb 2024)

Gillian Mackay: I thank the minister for taking the intervention. The Grangemouth site is quite unique in how close it is to the town and where people live. In some cases, the site is only across a road and down a grass verge from people’s houses. Will the minister commit to involving the community in what the site looks like, what comes next and the impact on their living environment?

Scottish Parliament: Minimum Unit Pricing of Alcohol ( 8 Feb 2024)

Gillian Mackay: I join others in wishing Elena Whitham well. I welcome the cabinet secretary’s announcement that the minimum unit price will be raised. Although MUP is having an effect, retailers are pocketing any profits that are generated. I welcome the inclusion of a public health levy in the budget, which, as we heard at the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee, would be a potential win-win for...

Scottish Parliament: Single-use Vapes (30 Jan 2024)

Gillian Mackay: I place on record my thanks to the campaigners and organisations involved, and to the Daily Record for working with me and other MSPs in campaigning for the ban. The proposals are a huge victory for them, and I thank the Government for the positive conversations that I have had with it throughout the campaign. As we move forward, other tactics might emerge in the evolution of vapes. What...

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