Results 1161–1180 of 1196 for speaker:Miles Briggs

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service (Audit Scotland Report and Service Development) ( 2 Nov 2016)

Miles Briggs: I thank the cabinet secretary for the advance copy of her statement. Page 15 of the Audit Scotland report has NHS Lothian’s financial position as a case study. Given that NHS Lothian, NHS Tayside and NHS 24 all continue to face major financial difficulties, what assurance has the cabinet secretary been given that that will not impact on patient care? The Royal College of Surgeons supports...

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service ( 2 Nov 2016)

Miles Briggs: Our NHS workforce does an amazing job. What is clear is that none of the criticism of the performance of NHS Scotland is aimed at the work that staff do to deliver health services to communities across our country. The Audit Scotland report set out clearly the major key challenges facing the health service in Scotland perhaps, as Anas Sarwar suggested, specifically on recruitment and...

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service ( 2 Nov 2016)

Miles Briggs: I will give way if it is very quick.

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service ( 2 Nov 2016)

Miles Briggs: I recognise that, but the issue is the impact on healthcare in Lothian. As I said, constituents are coming to see me who have been told that they have to wait seven months before they can have a consultation—yet we are told that they have 12 weeks to wait. Sometimes in politics, reports are published that should act as a wake-up call for the Government of the day. I have no doubt that Audit...

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service ( 2 Nov 2016)

Miles Briggs: Does the member acknowledge that, since 2010, the UK Conservative Government has provided £1.46 billion in Barnett consequential funding for our health service in Scotland?

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service ( 2 Nov 2016)

Miles Briggs: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Nursing (27 Oct 2016)

Miles Briggs: 8. To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government’s position is on the statement from the Royal College of Nursing that nursing in Scotland is facing “a perfect storm”. (S5F-00367)

Scottish Parliament: Nursing (27 Oct 2016)

Miles Briggs: With the First Minister today taking responsibility for the health service, does she believe that she made a mistake as the then Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing in cutting the number of student work placements in Scotland? Why has it taken her Government 10 years to introduce a national health service workforce plan?

Scottish Parliament: Funeral Poverty and Funeral Payment Reference Group (26 Oct 2016)

Miles Briggs: 2. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the work of the funeral poverty and funeral payment reference group. (S5O-00242)

Scottish Parliament: Funeral Poverty and Funeral Payment Reference Group (26 Oct 2016)

Miles Briggs: The cabinet secretary will be aware of the specific concerns of my constituents in Edinburgh city, who face the highest costs in the whole of Scotland, with the cost of a basic burial standing at £2,253 while the Scottish average is £1,373. What assessment will the reference group make of the variation in basic burial costs across Scotland and of the pressures that families are facing in...

Scottish Parliament: HM Revenue and Customs (Bathgate) ( 5 Oct 2016)

Miles Briggs: I commend Neil Findlay for bringing this debate to the Parliament. I, too, would like to put on the record the legitimate concerns that exist over the proposed changes. I have met representatives of the Pyramids business park along with West Lothian Council and MPs and MSPs from across the parties, and I agreed to support the joint appeal to HMRC that has called on it to look at all the...

Scottish Parliament: HM Revenue and Customs (Bathgate) ( 5 Oct 2016)

Miles Briggs: As I said at the beginning of my speech, I have already written to the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Jane Ellison, who will be taking the decision, and I specifically raised those issues. I have been assured that one-to-one meetings between staff and managers will take place at least a year in advance of any move and that caring responsibilities, travel times and costs and other...

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health Education (29 Sep 2016)

Miles Briggs: I also congratulate Jenny Gilruth on securing today’s debate. I am pleased to take part in it. It is important to recognise the classroom experience that she brought to the chamber on the issue. I hope that the minister takes forward her ideas. All of us agree that mental health education is extremely important. We must work to deliver a better strategy in the future that meets the needs of...

Scottish Parliament: Local National Health Services (28 Sep 2016)

Miles Briggs: I am pleased to close today’s debate for the Scottish Conservatives. It has been useful in that it has allowed members from all sides of the chamber to voice constituents’ genuine concerns about service changes or downgrades in their areas. I grew up in rural Perthshire. Any time that I or anyone in my family needed care, we could rely on the highly valued Perth royal infirmary. I am...

Scottish Parliament: Local National Health Services (28 Sep 2016)

Miles Briggs: I very much agree with those points. A key point in the debate is that our NHS belongs to the people whom we serve in Scotland, and the Scottish Government needs to start working with that in mind as well. The Government amendment mentions St John’s hospital in Livingston, which currently provides cleft palate surgery. However, as I have highlighted in the chamber previously, the cleft...

Scottish Parliament: NHS Staffing (21 Sep 2016)

Miles Briggs: Will the minister give way?

Scottish Parliament: NHS Staffing (21 Sep 2016)

Miles Briggs: Will the minister outline how many GP positions remain unfilled from the previous recruitment round?

Scottish Parliament: NHS Staffing (21 Sep 2016)

Miles Briggs: I am pleased to close this afternoon’s debate, which has allowed members from across the chamber to highlight the real challenges that our NHS is facing, as well as giving Stewart Stevenson the opportunity to tell new MSPs about his personal and family medical history. My colleague, Donald Cameron, set out specific concerns about recruitment of GPs, nurses and consultants; I wish to back up...

Scottish Parliament: NHS Staffing (21 Sep 2016)

Miles Briggs: The cabinet secretary is not taking the point that half of all medical students who are studying in Scotland are not Scotland-domiciled, which means that they might leave our country. The Government has not tackled that. There is a bigger point that back-bench SNP members have not really understood: our Scottish NHS does not depend on the SNP, but on the workforce that delivers our health...

Scottish Parliament: Eye Health Week (20 Sep 2016)

Miles Briggs: I, too, congratulate Stuart McMillan on bringing forward this members’ business debate, and I pay tribute to the work that he is doing in Parliament on the issue. As one of the new members on the cross-party group on visual impairment, I look forward to working with colleagues from across the chamber on helping to make progress on the issue. I apologise in advance for being unable to stay...


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