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Meeting of the Parliament 26 February 2015 : 26 February 2015
Rhoda Grant (Highlands and Islands) (Lab)

What assistance can be given to local authorities with regard to licensing premises that sell NPS? Can lessons be learned from the approach that is being taken by the local authority down in Lincoln to stop such outlets opening on our high streets?



Health and Sport Committee 24 February 2015 : 24 February 2015
Rhoda Grant

It is not just about day-to-day cleaning standards. If there is an outbreak of something like C diff, the resources need to be available to allow cleaning teams to be pulled in almost immediately. Nurses have to nurse, and we know that they are under more strain and time pressures than ever before. They might have to decide whether to look after someone who is really ill or to clean up after somebody else. Obviously, if a nurse cleans up and then goes round other patients, that creates an infection risk. We need dedicated cleaning teams that can be called on at a moment’s notice to get in there.



Health and Sport Committee 24 February 2015 : 24 February 2015
Rhoda Grant

What focus is that creating on cleaning, which is still an issue? We still pick up newspapers and read stories about cleaning. How is that being dealt with?



Health and Sport Committee 24 February 2015 : 24 February 2015
Rhoda Grant

There was a recommendation that all Scottish Government policies should have an implementation strategy associated with them. Is that happening and how is it being monitored?



Health and Sport Committee 24 February 2015 : 24 February 2015
Rhoda Grant

Who is involved in those teams?



Health and Sport Committee 24 February 2015 : 24 February 2015
Rhoda Grant (Highlands and Islands) (Lab)

The report recommends that each health board sets up a task force. What progress has been made with that? Does every health board now have a task force?



Meeting of the Parliament 24 February 2015 : 24 February 2015
Rhoda Grant (Highlands and Islands) (Lab)

I, too, congratulate Dennis Robertson on securing this debate. Like others, I pay tribute to his courage in pursuing the issue.

Conditions that make a person damage themselves are probably the hardest for us to comprehend. What would make someone fight every instinct, and damage or even kill themselves in doing so? It is clear that it takes a great deal of self-control for someone to cut what they eat to an extreme, so it is often associated with people who feel that they have lost control of their lives and it is also prevalent in young people whose lives change quickly and uncontrollably during puberty and when growing up. Surely that signals that young people are naturally more at risk. We can see how loss of control would contribute to the development of type I diabetes.

That extreme eating disorders are difficult to understand shows that they will be difficult to treat, because the sufferers have already overcome their natural instinct to protect and nourish themselves. There needs to be more understanding of the causes as well as better research into treatments. There are very few specialist centres, which means that people do not receive the treatment that they require. There also appears to be ignorance in the health service about how sufferers should be treated in the first place. In extreme situations, force-feeding might be seen as life-saving, and we can see that that would be instinctive. However, unless we deal with the causes, we are at risk of creating an even greater aversion to eating by forcing somebody to eat against their will.

We need more dedicated mental health services for young people with eating disorders and those who self-harm, which is something that we are missing. We need to understand the conditions and to provide early intervention to help sufferers. It is sad that young people tend to have to leave home and loved ones, and to travel very great distances to access high-quality care. That situation needs to change. At a time in their lives when young people are vulnerable, they need to be close to their family and friends.

We also need to look at the care pathway. I recently spoke to a young people’s group called “speak”, who talked to me about how they access help for mental illness and disorders. They told me that their first line of support is often their guidance teacher at school but that sometimes it is very hit or miss, depending on the person who provides the support. They also told me that there is often no private space for them to make their first approach to get help. Guidance teachers are often in charge of detention and have to deal with young people for bad behaviour, which makes the setting very difficult and the system very difficult to access for those who need support.

There is often a long waiting time for professional help. The target is 18 weeks, but that is an eternity for a young person at a time when their brains are still forming and their life chances are being built. Those four months or so can change the direction of their whole lives.

In order to help them to receive help early, we also need to speak about the conditions and deal with stigma. Mental health conditions continue to be stigmatised, which appears to be stubbornly hard to deal with. Unless we have open discussions, we will not deal with that stigma.

As other members have said, we need to deal with the pressure to attain unrealistically thin bodies. Digitally altering images of extremely thin models in the first place to make them even taller and thinner portrays body shapes that are impossible to attain. Such bodies are then portrayed as perfection and something to which we should all aspire. We need to stop that and be realistic about what is normal. Indeed, we need to celebrate the spectrum of what is normal.

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Meeting of the Parliament 18 February 2015 : 18 February 2015
Rhoda Grant

I am listening to the member with awe and interest. How does he think that we are pouring scorn on the NHS? We are asking the Government to support the NHS, its workers and its patients so that we can all enjoy the services that we very much want. It is the neglect of Stuart McMillan’s party’s Government that has led to the problems that we are discussing.



Meeting of the Parliament 18 February 2015 : 18 February 2015
Rhoda Grant

This Government needs to step up to the plate; it needs to take charge of the NHS; it needs to support the staff who are working extremely hard to make up for its shortcomings; and it needs to give the patients who are suffering under its management the treatment that they deserve.



Meeting of the Parliament 18 February 2015 : 18 February 2015
Rhoda Grant

I certainly welcome the decision to build the new hospital in Skye, but it has been a long time coming and it does nothing for the mothers who are travelling to Inverness in the back of an ambulance at this moment in time, which the cabinet secretary should be concerning herself with right here and right now.

In Harris, there are no general practitioner out-of-hours services. Patients have to travel to the hospital in Stornoway to access out-of-hours services over the highest road in the islands, which is a dangerous route at any time but is much worse in wintry weather conditions. That is not good enough.

NHS Highland has informed staff that if they require a bank nurse they can only get someone at the nursing assistant grade, not at the grade of the person who they are taking over from. That is totally unacceptable and puts patients at risk.

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S4M-12423.1 Alex Rowley: Commission on Local Tax Reform—As an amendment to motion S4M-12423 in the n
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S4M-12423 Marco Biagi: Commission on Local Tax Reform—That the Parliament supports the establishment
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S4M-12385 Liz Smith: STEM Education in Scottish Schools—That the Parliament agrees that a solid grou
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S4M-12395.1 Fergus Ewing: An Energy Strategy for Scotland—As an amendment to motion S4M-12395 in the
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S4M-12395.2 Patrick Harvie: An Energy Strategy for Scotland—As an amendment to motion S4M-12395 in t
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S4M-12395 Murdo Fraser: An Energy Strategy for Scotland—That the Parliament notes with concern the l
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S4M-12385.3 Alasdair Allan: STEM Education in Scottish Schools—As an amendment to motion S4M-12385 i
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S4M-12382.3 Mary Fee: Building Scotland’s Infrastructure for the Future—As an amendment to motion S4
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S4M-12382.1 Gavin Brown: Building Scotland’s Infrastructure for the Future—As an amendment to motion
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S4M-12382.2 Willie Rennie: Building Scotland’s Infrastructure for the Future—As an amendment to moti
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Motion S4M-11930: Rhoda Grant, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 17/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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