Wednesday, 18 November 2015
Good afternoon, everyone. The first item of business is portfolio question time. To get as many questions and answers in as possible, I would be grateful if they were as brief as possible.
1. To ask the Scottish Government what the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport’s position is on the performance of the accident and emergency department at Queen Elizabeth...
2. To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with NHS Lothian regarding the private finance initiative contract at the Royal infirmary of Edinburgh. (S4O-04796)
4. To ask the Scottish Government for what reason the drug, Afinitor, is not available on the national health service in Scotland for the treatment of breast cancer. (S4O-04798)
5. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to ensure access to GP services in the Mid Scotland and Fife region. (S4O-04799)
6. To ask the Scottish Government how it is seeking to enhance community optometry services in the Glasgow region. (S4O-04800)
7. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the recent World Health Organization report on the carcinogenicity of red and processed meat. (S4O-04801)
8. To ask the Scottish Government what assistance is available for general practices that encounter problems regarding staffing levels. (S4O-04802)
9. To ask the Scottish Government what the success rate is of the treatment of pancreatic cancer and whether it will provide an update on progress with research. (S4O-04803)
10. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to tackle NHS workforce challenges in rural areas. (S4O-04804)
11. To ask the Scottish Government what support is available to provide public access defibrillators to communities. (S4O-04805)
12. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to improve child and adolescent mental health services. (S4O-04806)
13. To ask the Scottish Government whether the cleft palate unit in Edinburgh will be retained. (S4O-04807)
14. To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to improve outcomes for people who have survived an acquired brain injury in Lothian. (S4O-04808)
15. To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with national health service boards regarding planning for winter. (S4O-04809)
The next item of business is a debate on motion S4M-14859, in the name of Margaret Burgess, on an ambitious house building programme for Scotland. I call the minister, Margaret Burgess, to speak...
The next item of business is consideration of business motion S4M-14864, in the name of Joe FitzPatrick, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, setting out a business programme. Motion moved,...
The next item of business is consideration of four Parliamentary Bureau motions. I ask Joe FitzPatrick to move en bloc motions S4M-14870 to S4M-14873, on the approval of Scottish statutory...
There are five questions to be put as a result of today’s business. I remind members that, if the amendment in the name of Ken Macintosh is agreed to, the amendments in the names of Alex...
The final item of business is a members’ business debate on motion S4M-14433, in the name of Sarah Boyack, on air pollution in Scotland. The debate will be concluded without any question...
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