Results 81–100 of 313 for speaker:Foysol Choudhury

Scottish Parliament: Ukrainians in Scotland (19 Dec 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: —to allow Ukrainian refugees to access long-term assistance, not just—

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time (19 Dec 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. My screen did not refresh.

Scottish Parliament: Human Rights of Asylum Seekers in Scotland (Report) (12 Dec 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: I also express my sorrow at the distressing news of the death of an individual on the Bibby Stockholm earlier today. My prayers are with their family and friends. Scotland should be a welcoming and safe place for asylum seekers. In the past few years, the UK Tory Government has created a hostile environment for those who come here seeking asylum. As my colleague Paul O’Kane noted, the UK...

Scottish Parliament: Human Rights of Asylum Seekers in Scotland (Report) (12 Dec 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: I have a lot to get through. That is why Scottish Labour supports the conclusions that were reached by the Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee’s inquiry. That inquiry sent a strong message that we should be using the powers within our devolved competence to improve the lives of asylum seekers in Scotland. Integration is important to that. As Kaukab Stewart said, the...

Scottish Parliament: Arts Sector (Support) ( 6 Dec 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: The future of the Edinburgh deaf festival is at threat following the rejection of two successive bids for Creative Scotland funding. The festival has been highly praised for its success in showcasing deaf performers’ art, culture and heritage, along with Edinburgh’s festival fringe. Can the cabinet secretary outline how the Scottish Government plans to encourage both British Sign Language...

Scottish Parliament: Post-mortem Reports (Maximum Waiting Time) ( 6 Dec 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: Post-mortem scanners, which have been trialled in Lancashire, have been reported to decrease the time that is taken to receive post-mortem results and, in certain cases, to remove the need for an invasive post-mortem and the removal of organs. What discussion has the Scottish Government had with the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service regarding the potential time-saving qualities of...

Scottish Parliament: Restoring Nature to Tackle Climate Change (30 Nov 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: Nature can be used as a first line of defence against the impacts of the global climate crisis, but we must not only look at protecting the existing nature and species that we have; we must also make targeted moves towards restoring what has been lost. That means ensuring that there are green spaces in urban areas. It means investing in our rural lands and nature reserves, and it means taking...

Scottish Parliament: Type 2 Diabetes Drugs (Supply Issues) (29 Nov 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: As always, there are supply issues for those with type 2 diabetes. The recent report by Diabetes Scotland on its “Diabetes Tech Can’t Wait” campaign highlighted that only 14.5 per cent of adults with type 1 diabetes are using an insulin pump and only 5.9 per cent are using continuous glucose monitors. Does the minister agree that more funding is vital to provide fair and equal access to...

Scottish Parliament: Culture and Arts Careers (16 Nov 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: 7. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to help schools to support children who wish to pursue a career in the culture and arts sector. (S6O-02734)

Scottish Parliament: Culture and Arts Careers (16 Nov 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: Yesterday, the Cabinet Secretary for Constitution, External Affairs and Culture announced funding of £6.8 million for the cultural sector in 2023-24. I welcome that news. However, long-term and sustained funding for courses and qualifications must go hand in hand with that to ensure that the culture sector has the skills and talent that it needs. What discussions has the cabinet secretary...

Scottish Parliament: Migration to Scotland: Scottish Government Proposals (14 Nov 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: I apologise to members and the ministers for my slightly late arrival in the chamber for this afternoon’s debate. Scotland benefits greatly from migration, as Jamie Hepburn rightly noted. Migration brings a set of fresh perspectives, skills and experiences to strengthen our economy. The food and drink industry—to name but one—has benefited greatly from migration and the delicious...

Scottish Parliament: Migration to Scotland: Scottish Government Proposals (14 Nov 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: I need to make progress. As Paul O’Kane noted, the Scottish Government should be doing more to plan for the skills needs of the Scottish economy.

Scottish Parliament: Migration to Scotland: Scottish Government Proposals (14 Nov 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: We have heard the arguments many times, and I have yet to hear a positive argument for independence from the SNP. The SNP can use the powers that it has. There needs to be a plan, but I have not yet seen a positive plan. The SNP should use the powers that it already has. Scotland voted to remain in the UK, and the Scottish Government should respect that and work to support the nation in every...

Scottish Parliament: Peatland Restoration ( 8 Nov 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: 2. To ask the Scottish Government what discussions the rural affairs secretary has had with ministerial colleagues regarding the development of rural skills to help deliver its commitments in relation to peatland restoration in the programme for government 2023-24. (S6O-02681)

Scottish Parliament: Peatland Restoration ( 8 Nov 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: The programme for government 2023-24 outlines plans to “Restore 10,700 hectares of degraded peatland” during the next year, as well as plans to “progress action with crofters” with regard to Scottish ministers’ crofting estates to support further peatland restoration. Can the minister advise how the Scottish Government is measuring the restoration of peatland and ensuring the...

Scottish Parliament: Waiting Times (Hip Operations) ( 7 Nov 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: 2. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking following Reform Scotland’s recent report, “NHS 2048: Future-proofing Scotland’s Health and Social Care”, which found that 11 national health service boards have seen waiting times for hip operations at least double from the point of decision since 2019. (S6T-01624)

Scottish Parliament: Waiting Times (Hip Operations) ( 7 Nov 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: Under the Patient Rights (Scotland) Act 2011, all patients have a right to receive treatment within 12 weeks of agreement with their consultant. My constituent received a hip replacement five years ago, when she waited just over the 12 weeks. She now needs her other hip replaced, and she agreed that with an orthopaedic consultant in May 2022. She is still waiting for a surgery date. Can the...

Scottish Parliament: Waiting Times (Hip Operations) ( 7 Nov 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: My constituent, Wendy, is on the waiting list for a knee operation due to osteoarthritis. She also has a hip problem because of that condition. Her consultant advised her to proceed with non-operative measures instead of a hip replacement. The report highlighted that some health boards are reducing elective surgery to save money. How is the Scottish Government ensuring that every person is...

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service Dentistry ( 2 Nov 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: 5. To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Government is taking to ensure that dentists are suitably funded to be able to continue taking on NHS patients, in light of reports that some dentists in Edinburgh are ceasing to accept NHS patients altogether. (S6F-02489)

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service Dentistry ( 2 Nov 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: My constituent Claire was informed that her dentist would be privatised from January and that her family would need to start paying monthly fees or leave the practice. That is not an isolated case; another family in the west of Edinburgh was also informed that their dentist would be privatised. Neither family has been able to find another dentist in their area who will take on NHS patients....


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