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Scottish Parliament: NHS Highland Capital Funding (Grantown Health Centre) (28 Mar 2024)

Fergus Ewing: 1. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will reconsider its decision to pause capital funding for NHS Highland in respect of completion of the refurbishment of Grantown health centre, in light of reports that these works were nearly completed and that the pause of the contract may lead to additional costs in excess of the notional sum saved. (S6O-03284)

Scottish Parliament: NHS Highland Capital Funding (Grantown Health Centre) (28 Mar 2024)

Fergus Ewing: The cabinet secretary is aware of the cross-party campaign that is supported by me, Edward Mountain and Rhoda Grant—it is a non-political campaign. The cost of the project is £2.4 million but, unlike every other project in NHS Highland, it is nearly completed. Of the £2.4 million, costs of £2 million have already been incurred. The materials are on site, waiting to be installed. However,...

Scottish Parliament: GP Surgery Closures (Highlands and Islands) (21 Mar 2024)

Fergus Ewing: I congratulate Mr Ross on bringing the debate to the chamber and on the consensual spirit in which everybody has participated. I used to live in Lossiemouth with my late wife Margaret, just along the road from Burghead and Hopeman. I nearly visited the Burghead surgery many years ago when I was dive-bombed by a seagull, which managed to make contact with my ear, at the breeding ground just...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Economy (13 Mar 2024)

Fergus Ewing: Does Mr Johnson agree that it would be deleterious to the economy in Scotland if Labour further increased the windfall tax from 75 per cent to 78 per cent and, perhaps even more damagingly, removed the reliefs that currently exist? In the short term, there might be slightly more revenue but, in the long term, in the 2030s, there would be nothing at all, because that would just starve future...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Economy (13 Mar 2024)

Fergus Ewing: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Economy (13 Mar 2024)

Fergus Ewing: Given Murdo Fraser’s remarks about the windfall tax, does he regret the decision by the chancellor to extend the windfall tax to 2029?

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Economy (13 Mar 2024)

Fergus Ewing: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Place in the World ( 5 Mar 2024)

Fergus Ewing: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Place in the World ( 5 Mar 2024)

Fergus Ewing: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Place in the World ( 5 Mar 2024)

Fergus Ewing: Mr McKee will recall that Mr Rennie, who did not take an intervention from me, opined that the Lochaber smelter should not have been the beneficiary of a deal in which I had a role back in 2016. Does Mr McKee recognise that, if that deal had not gone ahead, the smelter would have closed instead of remaining open since then and for the past eight years? Does he think that the Liberal candidate...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Place in the World ( 5 Mar 2024)

Fergus Ewing: I have much sympathy with many of the points that the member makes. Does she agree that, if Scotland is to obtain independence, it is desirable and perhaps essential for the many different voices that advocate independence to be respected and to work together, be they in the SNP or Alba or elsewhere?

Scottish Parliament: Addressing Depopulation Action Plan (22 Feb 2024)

Fergus Ewing: 4. To ask the First Minister, regarding the delivery of the Scottish Government’s recently published depopulation action plan, what will be different about this approach, which is described as “local by default, national by agreement”, particularly towards the approval of new developments supported by local communities. (S6F-02848)

Scottish Parliament: Addressing Depopulation Action Plan (22 Feb 2024)

Fergus Ewing: To have young people leaving Scotland for other countries for their lifetime and for ever has been our tragedy and our shame. Therefore, will the First Minister now agree that, where there is a chronic depopulation problem, economic developments that would bring jobs and major community benefits will henceforth be treated as developments of national economic significance?

Scottish Parliament: Pain Management Task Force (Update) (21 Feb 2024)

Fergus Ewing: Chronic pain management services in NHS Highland are suffering a hiatus after the retirement of a well-respected senior consultant who took a strong interest in the matter. Will the minister meet me and, possibly, other Highland MSPs who share broad concerns on the issue to ensure that NHS Highland takes steps to deal with people who suffer from chronic pain, some of whom have tremendous...

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

Fergus Ewing: Alex Cole-Hamilton mentioned the training of doctors of all sorts. In order to prevent the drift of newly qualified doctors to Australia, Canada and the USA after the state has invested £250,000, on average, in their training, would it not be worth considering the introduction of a bond system whereby, if people chose to work in other countries just after the state had paid for their...

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

Fergus Ewing: Will the cabinet secretary give way?

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

Fergus Ewing: Will the cabinet secretary obtain as much data as he can about the number of GPs and newly qualified doctors in general who leave this country for other countries, preparatory to considering the proposal for a bond that I put to Mr Cole-Hamilton?

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

Fergus Ewing: Beatrice Wishart describes the shortages of medical personnel in Shetland, and I am sure that that is the case in many rural parts of Scotland—it is certainly so in the Highlands. A bond system could include the requirement for young qualified medical doctors to work in such remote areas. I believe that such a system of ensuring that rural provision is met and that personnel are available...

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

Fergus Ewing: Like the offices of all other members in this debate, my constituency office receives a huge number of contacts from people who present with very serious problems because of lack of access to NHS dentistry. For a while, the nearest place for people in my constituency to access an NHS dentist was Invergordon, where they had to go instead of Inverness. I see no point in using the short time...

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

Fergus Ewing: I totally agree with that point. Unnecessary bureaucratic imposts are one of the things that are really holding Scotland back across the range. Incidentally, I was heartened that the new cabinet secretary undertook, in his first statement, that he would seek reform. That is why I am making this speech—because I am trying to be helpful. The idea of a bond is not new, and it is not mine—I...


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