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Meeting of the Parliament 09 October 2014 : 09 October 2014
2. Siobhan McMahon (Central Scotland) (Lab)

To ask the Scottish Government when it last met NHS Lanarkshire and what issues were discussed. (S4O-03592)



Meeting of the Parliament 09 October 2014 : 09 October 2014
Siobhan McMahon

Can the cabinet secretary outline why NHS Lanarkshire spent nearly £6 million between October 2012 and March 2014 on referring 3,826 patients to the Golden Jubilee hospital and 4,368 patients to Ross Hall hospital, a Nuffield hospital and other private health providers in Glasgow in order to meet the treatment time guarantee? Does that not expose further creeping privatisation in NHS Scotland and highlight that the NHS in Scotland is not safe in the Scottish National Party’s hands?



Meeting of the Parliament 08 October 2014 : 08 October 2014
Siobhan McMahon (Central Scotland) (Lab)

As a member of the cross-party group on palliative care, I am pleased to be able to take part in this debate, and I thank my colleague Jackie Baillie for bringing the issue to the chamber’s attention.

As one of the last members to contribute to the debate, I am sure that I will repeat many of the key points that have already been made, but I wanted to add my voice to the voices of those who are calling for a solution to the horrendous problem that is being experienced by young people who seek palliative care when they transition from child to adult services.

As someone who has visited Robin house and Rachel house, I know about the tremendous work that CHAS does in supporting not only the young people who require its services from the very first stages to the very last stages of their lives, but their friends and family. Whether it takes the form of providing respite care, at-home care, spiritual care or end-of-life care, it is a vital service and one that many people have benefited from over the past 21 years.

As others have mentioned, CHAS currently supports 41 young people over the age of 21 and their families. Those 41 families and young people would not get the support that they require if the charity decided that it had to remove the funding now. Where would those 41 young people go? Who would care for them in the ways that they require? Who would support them in the ways that CHAS does at the moment? Would they turn to their health board, their local authority or another charity, or would they, as is often presumed, turn to another hospice?

We all know that current hospice provision in Scotland does not meet the demand from patients who require the service. I have had family members who have been fortunate to secure a bed at St Andrew’s Hospice in Airdrie at their time of need. I know at first hand how amazing the staff at that hospice are. They go out of their way not only to support our loved one, but to make sure that we have the support that we need to make it through the day. I know that that hospice would love to provide support to all those who require it, but it just does not have the capacity to do so. It does not have enough beds to support the demand for its services, and I am sure that it is not the only hospice in Scotland that faces that problem.

That is the current situation but, following CHAS’s understandable decision to introduce its transition policy, hospices such as St Andrew’s will be required to help people who are currently helped by CHAS. That would mean helping young people—people of my age and younger—in a hospice that is not fit for their needs or the needs of their family. Of course, if a bed could not be found for someone, they would have to turn to their health board or local authority. Who will fund that? Who is going to make sure that such services would meet all the needs of the young person and their family in the way that CHAS does at the moment?

Members will know that I lodged a number of amendments to the Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill in relation to transition services. Those amendments related primarily to disabled young people and the issues that they experience in their day-to-day lives. Their main aim was to give support to disabled people and their families when they require it. It is a shame that the Government could not back those amendments at the time. I am sure that the measures that the amendments would have added to the bill would have made the transition situation much better for disabled young people and would have played a part in addressing the concerns that many people have in relation to palliative care.

When I wrote this speech, I asked myself the simple question, “Would I be content or happy with the level of services offered if it was me or my family member who needed them?” The answer was a resounding no, so I will not ask another family or young person to do what I would not do. I urge the minister to take on board the requests that have been made in tonight’s debate, to listen to the requests of Robert Watson and to change the way in which we look at palliative care provision in Scotland for good.

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Equal Opportunities Committee 02 October 2014 : 02 October 2014
Siobhan McMahon (Central Scotland) (Lab)

I am an MSP for Central Scotland.



Equal Opportunities Committee 02 October 2014 : 02 October 2014
Siobhan McMahon

We talked about the impact on a young person’s housing benefit of having a college place, for instance. Mr Stewart said that, if more powers came to Scotland, he would like us to do something on that. Will you give more information on that? We share the sentiment, but do others? The more people speak about it, the better we can make the case. Has the number of people in such a situation increased or stayed the same? What has happened since our report was produced?



Equal Opportunities Committee 02 October 2014 : 02 October 2014
Siobhan McMahon

Where does the problem lie? Does it involve information from the Government to local authorities?



Meeting of the Parliament 25 September 2014 : 25 September 2014
8. Siobhan McMahon (Central Scotland) (Lab)

To ask the Scottish Government whether it is committed to fairer pay for workers employed by private companies on public contracts. (S4O-03538)



Meeting of the Parliament 25 September 2014 : 25 September 2014
Siobhan McMahon

Recent Office for National Statistics figures highlight that, in Falkirk, North Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire, 46,006 workers are being paid less than the Scottish living wage. Scottish Labour backs the proposal to give a £1,000 tax rebate to employers who pay the living wage, and we want to establish a national living wage strategy that reports to, and is accountable to, the Scottish Parliament.

What action will the Scottish Government take to ensure that workers who are employed by private companies on public contracts throughout my region and across Scotland are paid the living wage, which could increase earnings for full-time workers who are paid less than the living wage by up to £2,600 a year?



Equal Opportunities Committee 25 September 2014 : 25 September 2014
Siobhan McMahon (Central Scotland) (Lab)

You mentioned that reports are one part of enforcement, but it seems odd to write a report as an enforcement practice unless something comes out of it that demonstrates the key action that you will take against an individual, body or sector. What enforcement action has been taken because of those reports?



Equal Opportunities Committee 25 September 2014 : 25 September 2014
Siobhan McMahon

In evidence, reports have been mentioned three times as part of enforcement. I would have thought that, if you are using reports as an example of enforcement, you would be able to tell the committee how those reports have resulted in enforcement action being taken other than an investigation. We are all familiar with reports recommending action but then going into the long grass and nothing being done. What enforcement action has been taken? The word “enforcement” keeps coming up, and you say that you are using the power of the report to enforce something. What has been enforced?

Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

S4M-11123 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament
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S4M-11114.2 Kenny MacAskill: Policing—As an amendment to motion S4M-11114 in the name of Graeme Pear
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NoCarried

S4M-11114 Graeme Pearson: Policing—That the Parliament acknowledges that policing in Scotland contin
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S4M-11116.1.1 Patrick Harvie: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to amendment S4M-11116.1 in the name
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S4M-11116.1 Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to motion S4M-11116 in the name of Jo
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S4M-11116 Johann Lamont: Scotland’s Future—That the Parliament recognises the result of the independ
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Amendment 61 moved by Elaine Murray on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland) Bi
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Amendment 62 moved by Margaret Mitchell on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland
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Amendment 63 moved by Margaret Mitchell on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland
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Amendment 64 moved by Margaret Mitchell on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland
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Motion S4M-11172: Siobhan McMahon, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 09/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10647: Siobhan McMahon, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 23/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10641: Siobhan McMahon, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 22/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10464: Siobhan McMahon, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 24/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10379: Siobhan McMahon, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, On Behalf of City of Edinburgh Council (Portobello Park) Bill Committee, Date Lodged: 18/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10313: Siobhan McMahon, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 12/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10296: Siobhan McMahon, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 11/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10002: Siobhan McMahon, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 08/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10001: Siobhan McMahon, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 08/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09981: Siobhan McMahon, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 07/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4O-03615: Siobhan McMahon, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 20/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22805: Siobhan McMahon, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 08/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03592: Siobhan McMahon, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 29/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22575: Siobhan McMahon, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 23/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03538: Siobhan McMahon, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 15/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22443: Siobhan McMahon, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 20/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22444: Siobhan McMahon, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 20/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22314: Siobhan McMahon, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 08/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22224: Siobhan McMahon, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 31/07/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-21919: Siobhan McMahon, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 25/06/2014 Show Full Question >>

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