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Meeting of the Parliament 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Aileen McLeod (South Scotland) (SNP)

How much additional funding would the Scottish Government have had for the health budget’s spending priorities in 2015-16 had the United Kingdom Government not reneged on the 1 per cent pay deal for NHS staff in England?



Meeting of the Parliament 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
10. Aileen McLeod (South Scotland) (SNP)

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to help rural NHS boards recruit and retain clinical staff. (S4O-03710)



Meeting of the Parliament 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Aileen McLeod

Having visited the Galloway community hospital with me in August, the cabinet secretary will be aware of concerns, particularly regarding the recruitment and retention of accident and emergency staff at the hospital in Stranraer as well as around the lack of training opportunities. What measures is he considering to help NHS Dumfries and Galloway to manage that situation?



Meeting of the Parliament 18 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Aileen McLeod (South Scotland) (SNP)

What investments have the Scottish Government and the NHS made in the past two years to improve the way in which patients move through the hospital system and to help to free up beds, reduce the amount of time that patients spend in hospital unnecessarily and thereby increase the acute capacity in our hospitals?



Meeting of the Parliament 12 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Aileen McLeod (South Scotland) (SNP)

I congratulate my colleague Dave Stewart on securing this debate; I also congratulate Diabetes UK on its very helpful briefings. I should also say that I am a new member of the cross-party group on diabetes, having just joined the other week, and I very much look forward to working with my colleagues on it.

I want to focus on an issue that Dave Stewart has highlighted in his motion, which is the experience of parents whose children are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and the importance of promoting education in and awareness of the early-warning signs and symptoms of diabetes in children and young people. There is no question but that a child receiving a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes is a heartbreaking and life-changing experience for any parent. The amount of care that a child with type 1 diabetes needs can be very significant. Parents speak of having to test blood glucose levels multiple times an hour through the night after an adverse event, and maintaining good blood glucose levels can be a daily struggle, with parents fearing for their child’s safety should those levels rise too high or drop too low. It can be a constant—and sometimes nerve-wracking—juggling act.

That said, we should note the support and assistance that are now very often available to parents. For example, the roll-out of insulin pumps is regarded by many parents—and by Diabetes UK—as a very positive step forward.

Pump therapy not only removes to a very large extent the need for multiple daily injections, but the flexible way in which the pump can be set to deliver insulin can benefit overall wellbeing. I do not wish to be too technical, but an insulin pump can be calibrated very precisely according to the amount of carbohydrate in a meal and the pre-meal blood glucose level, which allows for the very precise delivery of insulin and, ideally, improved control of blood glucose levels.

Some health boards—Dumfries and Galloway NHS Board, for example—use Diasend technology so that the insulin pump’s data can be uploaded over the internet. That enables the diabetes team to examine it and recommend changes without the need for hospital appointments. The information will also be there for parents and their child to see, which empowers them to take greater control over the management of the condition.

The increasing prevalence of type 1 diabetes presents us with a significant public health challenge, of course. There is as yet no cure, so sound management of the condition is a key tool that is available to help us tackle the serious complications that the condition can cause.

As the incidence of the condition is on the increase, it is all the more important that parents are aware of the warning signs. Sudden unexplained weight loss, extreme tiredness, raging thirst and frequent urination are the key warning signs that parents should be aware of.

I warmly welcome Diabetes UK’s campaign to raise awareness of the warning signs of type 1 diabetes and to explain not only how children with diabetes will be treated, but the support and advice that that organisation can offer, through the provision of local support groups, on a wide range of issues, including care for a type 1 diabetic when they start school.

With the imminent publication of the diabetes improvement plan, the debate has been a particularly timely one on an important issue. I congratulate Dave Stewart once again on bringing the debate to the chamber, I look forward to reading the improvement plan, and I very much look forward to participating in the future work of the cross-party group on diabetes.

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Health and Sport Committee 11 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Aileen McLeod (South Scotland) (SNP)

The majority of the amendments that I have lodged for the committee’s consideration at stage 2 are based on concerns that were raised with me by a number of groups, not least those with a particular interest in consumer protection and consumer interests. They are keen for the role of food standards Scotland in relation to consumers to be strengthened. Some of the concerns are worth exploring further with the minister and, on others, I am keen to seek some reassurance from him.

The groups concerned broadly support the bill’s provisions and see it as affording an opportunity for a new food Scotland body to build on the strengths of the Food Standards Agency Scotland. Many of the amendments in the group primarily seek to ensure that the new food body delivers for consumers by protecting the public from risks to health and improving the public’s diet; they also seek to ensure that consumers’ interests are protected and are central to everything that the new body does in relation to food.

Amendment 49 would amend section 3, “General functions”, by removing the word “significantly” from subsection (1)(c). The thinking behind the amendment is that, by requiring the new body to act only when matters significantly affect consumers’

“capacity to make informed decisions about food matters”,

the threshold to inform consumers is perhaps being set too low. Amendment 49 would widen the range of food matters about which FSS will keep the public informed and advised.

Amendment 51 would insert a new provision in section 4(1), which concerns governance and accountability. It would require FSS to operate in a way that

“treats the interests of consumers as its primary consideration”.

Amendment 52 would amend the definition of good decision-making practice in section 4(2) by providing that it includes

“consulting consumers and representatives of consumers”.

Amendments 56 and 58 would amend section 6 in relation to the membership of FSS and the appointment of its members by ministers. The concern behind amendment 56 is to ensure that there is an open process that secures a balance of expertise on the board between those who have industry experience and those who have, as the amendment states,

“experience or knowledge of consumer affairs”.

Amendment 58 relates to amendment 56 but goes a little further, because it would require that, when ministers appoint members of FSS, they

“have regard to the balance of expertise, skills and experience required by members to ensure that Food Standards Scotland operates in a way which treats the interests of consumers as its primary consideration.”

The last amendment in the group is amendment 64, which would amend the meaning of

“other interests of consumers in relation to food”

in section 54 by widening the definition to include

“wider social and ethical considerations relevant to food.”

The concern is that the definition in section 54 is perhaps too narrow and focuses largely on labelling issues and food descriptions. However, perhaps what is required is just some assurance that FSS will have sufficient scope to represent the public on all food issues that matter to them and that that is made a bit clearer.

I welcome comments from the minister on the amendments in group 1.

I move amendment 49.



Health and Sport Committee 11 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Aileen McLeod

I listened carefully to what the minister said on the amendments and the representation of consumer interests. I am reassured by what he said, so I will not press amendment 49.



Health and Sport Committee 11 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Aileen McLeod

Amendment 50 is to section 3, page 2, line 12. Section 3 provides that the new FSS body will have the function of monitoring the performance of enforcement authorities in enforcing food legislation. Amendment 50 would add the words

“and promote best practice by”,

the purpose of which is to expand FSS’s function in relation to the enforcement authorities so that, in addition to monitoring their performance, the new body must also promote best practice by enforcement authorities. The bill does not require FSS to promote best practice between local authorities and other agencies, although it will be in a key position to do so. That would help to put the relationship between FSS and the local authorities on to a more proactive basis that, it is generally felt, will lead to better outcomes on food safety and enforcement issues.

I move amendment 50.



Health and Sport Committee 11 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Aileen McLeod

I will press amendment 50. I thank the minister for supporting it.

Amendment 50 agreed to.

Section 3, as amended, agreed to.

Section 4—Governance and accountability



Health and Sport Committee 11 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Aileen McLeod

Not moved.

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S4M-11567.2 Margaret Mitchell: Lowering the Drink Drive Limit—As an amendment to motion S4M-11567 in
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YesCarried

S4M-11507.1 Cameron Buchanan: Progressive Workplace Policies to Boost Productivity, Growth and Jobs—
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NoDefeated

S4M-11507 Angela Constance: Progressive Workplace Policies to Boost Productivity, Growth and Jobs—Th
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S4M-11494.3 Jackie Baillie: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—As an amendment to
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S4M-11494.2 Alex Johnstone: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—As an amendment to
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S4M-11494 Margaret Burgess: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—That the Parliament
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S4M-11484.1 Jackson Carlaw: Human Rights—As an amendment to motion S4M-11484 in the name of Roseanna
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Motion S4M-11529: Aileen McLeod, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 12/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Motion S4M-11207: Aileen McLeod, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 14/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11091: Aileen McLeod, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 02/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10677: Aileen McLeod, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 29/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10663: Aileen McLeod, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 28/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10639: Aileen McLeod, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 21/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10521: Aileen McLeod, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 30/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Motion S4M-10264: Aileen McLeod, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 09/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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