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Meeting of the Parliament 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
Christian Allard (North East Scotland) (SNP)

I concur with my good friend Dennis Robertson about the need to change our attitudes to and aspirations for primary and acute services. Perhaps we need to consider both our health and our health services differently. We might have the attitude of consumers rather than the attitude of patients, and that needs to change. I mention that because I think that it is important. The changes in service provision are important, but they must be enhanced by a change in attitude.

Last week, we debated a motion on Scotland’s future, but I was surprised that, instead, Labour members chose to talk about the present. I am happy that this week, in a Scottish Government debate on the 2020 vision, the strategic forward direction of the NHS, the three political parties in the Parliament other than mine have been happy to support and endorse that vision.

The Government has a vision for our nation’s public services. It involves protecting funding for the NHS, stopping privatisation and recruiting more nurses, but it is about much more than that, which is why the Government has public support. In relation to Labour’s amendment, I repeat the statement that I made last week: the number of front-line NHS staff has increased to record levels under the SNP. In Grampian, there were 100 more nurses in post in 2013, and there were another 100 new posts in 2014. Funding for NHS Grampian is now within 1 per cent of parity with other NHS boards around Scotland. It will receive a £49.1 million increase in its budget for next year and the new board is looking to recruit another 40 nurses this year—those are another 40 new posts that will be funded by the increase from the Scottish Government.

I know that the First Minister enjoyed her visit to Ninewells hospital in Dundee when she announced money for additional nurses. Accident and emergency services, which form part of the 2020 vision that we are talking about today, are a great success at Ninewells hospital. As someone who represents Dundee, the cabinet secretary will know that more than most. The changes that have been implemented there, whereby staff now assess whether to admit people rather than admitting them and then assessing them, have paid off.



Meeting of the Parliament 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
Christian Allard

Yes. My friend Dennis Robertson was a bit too fast, because I was going to come on to that. I make the point that the name of the new hospital has not been decided yet. At the most recent board meeting that I attended, I was not very pleased with the name of the new hospital, so from now on I will just call it the new hospital. Dennis Robertson was definitely right in what he said about the new hospital and the cancer centre.

A multidisciplinary assessment of patients at the hospital front door helps to keep patients in the most appropriate and desirable environment and to reduce the total length of stay in hospital.

The cabinet secretary visited Aberdeen royal infirmary’s accident and emergency department last week when she announced the extra funding for NHS Grampian, and I know that it is trying to follow the example of Ninewells hospital. I realise that that is difficult, because hospitals are not all designed in the same way. Some restructuring is necessary. Patient flows are not the same from one hospital to the next. The process takes time, but I concur with what the cabinet secretary said at the meeting that I attended in Aberdeen. The new board is quite forward looking, and it wants to improve by copying the example of Ninewells.

The emergency department at Aberdeen royal infirmary has changed beyond recognition. Unfortunately, I had the opportunity to visit it last year. I was dealt with with great care and great speed because the hospital has a new front-door service to allow it to deal better with unscheduled care. The challenge for the new board is to make further improvements, to enhance the front-door service and to further shape and support the patient care pathway for unscheduled presentations. I attended many NHS board meetings last year; what is important is that the vision that was adopted by NHS Grampian’s old board continues to be adopted by the new board.

As my colleague Dennis Robertson said, it is a question of infrastructure as well. We have had £409 million announced to help provide state-of-the-art hospitals and health centres throughout Scotland. Of course, we have the new hospital and cancer centre, with total funding of £110 million, which is very welcome. I know that the board is particularly looking forward to a new Aberdeen maternity unit for families in Grampian.

Progress is being made on care in the community as well as on hospitals. I am delighted that the Government is investing in healthcare facilities across Grampian, with £19 million for primary care projects in Newmachar, Balmedie, Blackburn and of course in the first new town for a generation, Elsick, which is on the outskirts of Aberdeen. I am sure that we will have the pleasure of hearing about that in future.

I am delighted that the Scottish Government has announced £102,000 to provide a pilot Care Opinion website for adult social care, which will complement perfectly the Patient Opinion system that we already have for hospitals and which I have promoted in previous debates.



Meeting of the Parliament 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
Christian Allard

That is the way to provide a national health service for future generations, with a person-centred approach. That is why the people of Scotland support our NHS and why the SNP Government has public support.

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Meeting of the Parliament 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
Christian Allard

I want to respond to the claim that NHS Grampian is not responding adequately. I have spoken at length of the reform of the front-door services at Aberdeen royal infirmary. The member should welcome that, as it will provide the change that we need.



Meeting of the Parliament 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
Christian Allard

Will the member give way?



Justice Committee 20 January 2015 : Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Christian Allard (North East Scotland) (SNP)

Good morning. I want to concentrate on Peter Johnston’s submission and in particular on the positive comments at the start about the aims of the bill’s provisions. I would like to develop two of your recommendations, one of which is about the limit to the offenders whom the bill will target. In paragraph 19, you say:

“Limiting the scope of the current Bill to prisoners serving extended sentences may merit consideration.”

You recognise that the Government wants a staged approach. Would you like the bill to target fewer offenders? Does the bill’s scope target too many offenders?



Justice Committee 20 January 2015 : Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Christian Allard

You talk about post-release supervision. We could extend the scope by introducing to the bill an element of pre-release supervision. If there was mandatory pre-release supervision for two or three months before the end of a sentence, would that remove some of your concerns?

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Justice Committee 20 January 2015 : Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Christian Allard

Is there a failure to explain how well the system works? There is a public perception, and victims and their families strongly believe that the system is not working.



Justice Committee 20 January 2015 : Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Christian Allard

You agree with the aim of the bill, but you do not think that it targets the right offenders.



Justice Committee 20 January 2015 : Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Christian Allard

What safeguard are you looking for to stop the increase in cold releases?

Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

S4M-12120.1 Jenny Marra: 2020 Vision, the Strategic Forward Direction of the NHS—As an amendment to
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NoDefeated

S4M-12101 John Swinney: Budget (Scotland) (No.4) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general prin
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YesCarried

S4M-12095.4 Ken Macintosh: Tackling Inequalities—As an amendment to motion S4M-12095 in the name of
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NoDefeated

S4M-12095.2 Alex Johnstone: Tackling Inequalities—As an amendment to motion S4M-12095 in the name of
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NoDefeated

S4M-12095.1 Willie Rennie: Tackling Inequalities—As an amendment to motion S4M-12095 in the name of
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NoDefeated

S4M-12095 Alex Neil: Tackling Inequalities—That the Parliament agrees that a strong, sustainable eco
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YesCarried

Selection of John Pentland MSP for appointment to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body.
Not VotedCarried

S4M-12060.2 Hugh Henry: Commending the People who Keep Scotland Safe in Emergencies—As an amendment
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NoDefeated

S4M-12045.3 Shona Robison: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to motion S4M-12045 in the name of Rich
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YesCarried

S4M-12045.2 Jackson Carlaw: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to motion S4M-12045 in the name of Ric
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NoDefeated

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Motion S4M-12006: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 08/01/2015 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11964: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 19/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11853.1: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 10/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11822: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 05/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11821: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 04/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11753: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 28/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11693: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11692: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11019: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 26/09/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10952: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 11/09/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4O-03943: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 19/01/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03809: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 01/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03725: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 10/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03609: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 20/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03544: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 22/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03489: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 11/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03193: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 28/04/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03037: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 10/03/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-02997: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 03/03/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-02980: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 24/02/2014 Show Full Question >>

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