Results 81–100 of 7495 for speaker:Ross Finnie

Scottish Parliament: Economy ( 2 Dec 2010)

Ross Finnie: Will the minister take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: End of Life Assistance (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 ( 1 Dec 2010)

Ross Finnie: The End of Life Assistance (Scotland) Bill was introduced to the Parliament on 20 January 2010, and the committee to consider and report on the general principles of the bill was established on 10 February 2010. The End of Life Assistance (Scotland) Bill Committee first met at the beginning of March and issued a 10-week call for written evidence. By the closing date in May, over 600 responses...

Scottish Parliament: End of Life Assistance (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 ( 1 Dec 2010)

Ross Finnie: I deliberately used the phrase "in the context of the bill". We all have an absolute right, in terms of the law of Scotland, to commit suicide. The issue is whether the person's autonomy extends to involving and engaging other persons to assist them in that act. In so far as that is a more absolute definition of autonomy, that is the definition that we have sought, and we found instructive...

Scottish Parliament: End of Life Assistance (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 ( 1 Dec 2010)

Ross Finnie: The committee did not base its conclusions solely on the issue of dignity; indeed, I have accurately reflected the fact that we found the argument to be evenly balanced. As I will point out in the conclusion of this speech and as the member will see if he reads the whole report, the committee reached its conclusions after balancing all the issues that were highlighted in evidence. In Scots...

Scottish Parliament: End of Life Assistance (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 ( 1 Dec 2010)

Ross Finnie: I regret to say that I must make progress—I will try to come back to the member. The committee shared concerns that were raised in evidence that the bill does not specify any particular qualifications or experience for the designated practitioner and psychiatrist roles. However, it noted that that might raise competence, regulatory and legal issues. The committee found the ostensibly...

Scottish Parliament: End of Life Assistance (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 ( 1 Dec 2010)

Ross Finnie: Overall, the majority of the committee was not persuaded that the case had been made to decriminalise the law of homicide as it applies to assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia—or what the bill terms "end of life assistance"—and, accordingly, does not recommend the bill's general principles to the Parliament.

Scottish Parliament: A Budget for Scotland's People (25 Nov 2010)

Ross Finnie: I make no apology for focusing on the process of a four-year review, in the same way as the Government has made no apology for announcing the Christie commission, which is about process. We should not diminish the importance—at certain times—of matters of process. It is disappointing that we got into difficulties yesterday because we wanted to stick to the legal position that the Scottish...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive Question Time — Finance and Sustainable Growth: Urban Regeneration Companies (18 Nov 2010)

Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Government what discussions the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth has had regarding plans for the future of the urban regeneration companies. (S3O-12038)

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive Question Time — Finance and Sustainable Growth: Urban Regeneration Companies (18 Nov 2010)

Ross Finnie: It is no doubt welcome that the funding for the Clyde gateway is to continue. As the cabinet secretary will be aware, three of the urban regeneration companies—at Clydebank, Inverclyde and Irvine Bay—impact severely on the region that I represent. Those three areas have traditionally shown—and, regrettably, continue to show—signs of structural market failure. Can the cabinet secretary...

Scottish Parliament: Prescription Charges (18 Nov 2010)

Ross Finnie: There has been a tinge of unreality about the debate so far. It is almost as if we had huge amounts of as yet undreamed of funding available to us, there was no funding crisis, there were no cuts nor any prospect of cuts to our health service and everything was going on as before, so this is a rather narrow and silly debate. Liberal Democrats began to wonder whether abolishing prescription...

Scottish Parliament: Prescription Charges (18 Nov 2010)

Ross Finnie: I am not sure of the date of that quote—

Scottish Parliament: Prescription Charges (18 Nov 2010)

Ross Finnie: I think that it has been quoted before and I am grateful for that second reading. People with long-term conditions are the very people who have nurses assisting them with their drugs. Remove that and we imperil how their health care is dealt with. These are not easy, choose one as against another decisions. I know of many patients—and Dr Simpson ought to know of many too—for whom removing...

Scottish Parliament: Prescription Charges (18 Nov 2010)

Ross Finnie: That is exactly what I am doing, Presiding Officer. We need to make savings on that £1 billion drugs bill if we are to preserve our position in relation to prescription charging. A 2.5 per cent reduction in that bill is imperative in the current financial circumstances. It is also a way of tackling misuse and abuse of the system. I know that the Government has addressed that, but we need to...

Scottish Parliament: Care Home Costs (18 Nov 2010)

Ross Finnie: That explains a lot.

Scottish Parliament: Care Home Costs (18 Nov 2010)

Ross Finnie: The sight of Jackie Baillie holding a mirror in front of her while she tried to gauge the average age of the members in the chamber is not an experiment that I shall repeat. The debate is timely, and I am glad that it has been secured. In reality, it is difficult to disagree with much that has been said so far in relation to both Mary Scanlon's motion and the Scottish National Party...

Scottish Parliament: Patient Rights (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (17 Nov 2010)

Ross Finnie: Does the member agree that it is more accurate to say that there was a clear desire to have expressions as set out in the schedule? There was little evidence of anybody wanting a law to go to court with.

Scottish Parliament: Patient Rights (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (17 Nov 2010)

Ross Finnie: For a moment there we saw Jackie Baillie sitting next to the cabinet secretary. Given her change of stance, we can see why. Patient rights derive from a variety of sources, as the cabinet secretary pointed out—from legislation, case law and common law and convention. Patient rights are undoubtedly not easy to find. Indeed, sometimes it is difficult for the patient to ascertain precisely...

Scottish Parliament: Patient Rights (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (17 Nov 2010)

Ross Finnie: I would be grateful for clarification. If no right to complain exists, why are powers being taken to repeal the current legislation on the complaints procedure?

Scottish Parliament: Rural Out-of-hours Health Care Provision (11 Nov 2010)

Ross Finnie: It has been a useful debate and, as many have observed, there has been a great deal of consensus. Of course people have different views on how out-of-hours care might be better provided, but there is a common view across the chamber that its provision is an essential part of the work of the health service. As our convener pointed out at the opening of the debate, our inquiry had a number of...

Scottish Parliament: Rural Out-of-hours Health Care Provision (11 Nov 2010)

Ross Finnie: I will speak more quietly. The matters that I mentioned need to be addressed. We have to be clear about the purpose of services and eliminate the overlap. The report is addressed to the public. It is not addressed to the Parliament and not really addressed to practitioners. It is intended to meet the needs of the public and address their expressions of concern, because it was firmly rooted in...


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