Alex Neil MSP

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Alex Neil MSP

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  • Member for: Airdrie and Shotts
  • Region: Central Scotland
  • Party: Scottish National Party

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Meeting of the Parliament 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Alex Neil

Not only do I agree with George Adam but I am delighted to contribute to his press release, which I am sure is already en route to the Paisley Daily Express.

It is entirely a matter for local partners to plan provision to meet local needs. However, I congratulate all involved in the campaign on their efforts to extend the consultation on the closure of Hunterhill care home. They have convinced Renfrewshire Council of the case for keeping the home open, which will ensure that the residents—some of whom have dementia—will be able to remain in their home without the need for a move, which might have caused disruption or extra distress.

It is extremely important that, in facing up to the challenge of delayed discharges, we retain and build on the capacity and high-quality provision that we have in residential homes throughout Scotland. That is a vital part of our health and social care system.



Meeting of the Parliament 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Alex Neil

Supplementary!



Meeting of the Parliament 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing (Alex Neil)

Local authority care homes are extremely important in the provision of care for older people. The Scottish Government’s reshaping care for older people programme aims to keep people living as independently as possible in a homely setting, including in care homes. Local authorities have an important role to play in ensuring that there is provision of the right type of care settings in their areas now and in the future.



Meeting of the Parliament 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Alex Neil

We have quite a number and wide range of initiatives. What is important is to ensure that nurses and allied health professionals have the facilities to work with. I would argue that the heavy investment that we are putting into many areas is beneficial. For example, in Grampian, when the new Inverurie centre—which I know has the support of the local member—is built in two or three years’ time, it will be seen to be a very good example of how we retain good-quality staff in rural areas.

I have been round the current Inverurie centre. Although the staff there do a fantastic job, including some operations, the need for a new facility is urgent, which is why we have given the go-ahead and the new facility will be opened in 2017.



Meeting of the Parliament 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Alex Neil

There are big pressures on GP services and primary care and on acute services. One of the reasons why there are so many pressures on acute services, not only in rural and remote rural areas and island communities but throughout Scotland, is that we need to invest more in our primary care services. For example, we have evidence to show that many people turn up at accident and emergency departments because their treatment is turned around there within four hours, which means that they do not have to wait for days, weeks or longer for a GP appointment. The £40 million is directed at rural areas, deep-end practices and those practices where there is an above-average ageing population, particularly where there is a very elderly population. As rural areas have a disproportionate share of elderly people, they will benefit enormously from that £40 million.



Meeting of the Parliament 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Alex Neil

I had a successful visit to Stranraer, and I can update the member on exactly the point that she raises, although it is the responsibility of the board to ensure that the correct staffing levels are in place to deliver safe patient care.

I have been advised by the board that its medical staffing position has improved and it has recently recruited an additional 2.5 whole-time equivalent doctors. The board has advised that that takes the complement to 4.3 whole-time equivalent doctors out of a funded establishment of 6.5. As a consequence, there are no uncovered shifts in the rotas up to January 2015.

The board continues with recruitment activity. Official Information Services Division statistics show that workforce numbers in Dumfries and Galloway are up by 5.3 per cent under the Scottish National Party and that emergency medicine consultants are up by 307.5 per cent under the SNP, which is equivalent to 3.1 whole-time equivalent positions.



Meeting of the Parliament 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing (Alex Neil)

The Scottish Government remains committed to the delivery of sustainable, high-quality healthcare in remote and rural areas. While it is the responsibility of NHS boards to recruit staff to ensure that they can deliver services, I expect boards to review current service provision where there are recurring recruitment difficulties, including using alternative staffing structures in situations in which that would meet the needs of patients.

We are supporting boards in that work. For example, I recently announced an additional £40 million of funding for general practitioner and primary care services over the next year, which will help fund local initiatives to improve GP and primary care services where there are particular pressures, such as in rural, remote rural and island communities.



Meeting of the Parliament 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Alex Neil

Protecting front-line health services is an absolute priority for this Government. We will protect them by increasing the NHS front-line budget despite cuts in the overall budget from Westminster. Scotland’s health service will receive in full the Barnett consequentials from increases in health spending down south. In 2015-16, territorial boards will receive allocation increases of 2.7 per cent, which is above forecast inflation, reflecting the importance that we attach to protecting our front-line health services.



Meeting of the Parliament 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing (Alex Neil)

NHS Fife recently completed its first ever review of the general adult in-patient nursing workforce across all seven national health service sites using the nursing and midwifery workload and workforce planning tools. The review also considered NHS Fife’s existing nurses’ own professional judgment and local quality outcomes. As a result of the review, NHS Fife will be increasing its workforce by more than 100 registered nurses and I understand that recruitment is under way to fill those new posts.



Meeting of the Parliament 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Alex Neil

These drugs were reviewed under the PACE mechanism but were still turned down by the full SMC for the reasons that I have explained. I should emphasise that any patient who believes that they would benefit from the drug under the new system of independent application and review can still apply through and with the support of their clinicians to get access to the drug. Therefore although the SMC has made a general decision in the meantime that the drugs should not be generally available, people can still access them through what used to be called the independent patient treatment and review process.

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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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S4M-11507.1 Cameron Buchanan: Progressive Workplace Policies to Boost Productivity, Growth and Jobs—
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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-11641: Alex Neil, Airdrie and Shotts, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 20/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11570: Alex Neil, Airdrie and Shotts, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Motion S4M-11459: Alex Neil, Airdrie and Shotts, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11458: Alex Neil, Airdrie and Shotts, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Motion S4M-11455: Alex Neil, Airdrie and Shotts, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10156: Alex Neil, Airdrie and Shotts, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 28/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09336: Alex Neil, Airdrie and Shotts, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 13/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S3W-20180: Alex Neil, Central Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 26/01/2009 Show Full Question >>
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Question S3W-19295: Alex Neil, Central Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 22/12/2008 Show Full Question >>
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