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Meeting of the Parliament 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Bob Doris

I thank the cabinet secretary for that answer and for the information about the event at the Drygate craft brewery. I noted from the Scottish food and drink website that there will be a significant event from 4 to 5 March called ScotHot, which will celebrate Scotland’s hospitality, tourism and food and drink sectors in six events that will be held at the Scottish exhibition and conference centre. Has the Scottish Government done an economic analysis of the expected economic benefit to businesses that are based in Glasgow and to the wider Glasgow economy of the year of food and drink?



Meeting of the Parliament 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
4. Bob Doris (Glasgow) (SNP)

To ask the Scottish Government what it will be doing in Glasgow to mark the year of food and drink Scotland 2015. (S4O-04034)



Health and Sport Committee 24 February 2015 : Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Bob Doris

Thank you.



Health and Sport Committee 24 February 2015 : Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Bob Doris

I have a brief question about the recording of cases of C diff within the hospital estate. If you want to write to me with information on the issue that my question deals with, that would be fine, because I am keen to allow the constituency member to ask questions.

I understand that many people who present at hospital will be found to have C diff when they are screened on arrival. There is an issue with footfall and whether people who are found to have C diff contract it while they are in hospital. Tragically, C diff might be a contributing factor to a person’s death and that might be mentioned on the death certificate, but they might have had it on entry to hospital. Is that nuance captured in the statistics? I am conscious that I do not want to tie health boards up in bureaucracy, but I would like to get an understanding of what the statistics tell us about the patient flow and how C diff moves through the hospital estate. Is that nuance picked up in the statistics?



Health and Sport Committee 24 February 2015 : Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Bob Doris

Thank you. That is very helpful.



Health and Sport Committee 24 February 2015 : Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Bob Doris

That is all very helpful, and I will reflect on that very detailed evidence. Are the standards that you mention a different set of standards from those for the care assurance system?



Health and Sport Committee 24 February 2015 : Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Bob Doris

It is helpful to get the timescale. With any care assurance system, there have to be checks and balances. The Healthcare Environment Inspectorate has been doing unannounced inspections since 2009. I would expect more cases of poor hygiene to be identified as a result of unannounced inspections, which is one of the checks and balances to ensure that health boards and hospitals do their jobs properly. I hope that there are a number of checks and balances in the system. I do not want to be alarmist but, by definition, unannounced inspections should lead to identified areas for improvement. That is why we have those inspections.

I wonder how that all fits in with recommendations 13 to 33 on nursing care in Lord MacLean’s report. You have talked about nationally agreed standards. Lord MacLean talked about clear and effective lines of responsibility, the keeping of accurate patient records and the auditing of them, the role and responsibility of the nurse in charge of each ward, ensuring proper systems of care planning, communications with relatives and ensuring the right skills and staff mix in each ward. I am not sure whether that is what Professor McQueen was talking about when she gave that information. The cabinet secretary rightly said that every healthcare staff member has a front-line responsibility in relation to hygiene.

On the skills and staff mix, my wife is a nurse, so I know very well that there are domestics and auxiliaries on wards as well as various categories of nurse, each of whom has their own role in the system. I want to be confident that every staff member, irrespective of where they are as a cog in that machine, has that front-line responsibility.

I do not know whether I am talking about the same nationally agreed standards that Professor McQueen has just referred to, but when are the ones in relation to care planning and nursing documentation likely to be agreed and implemented? Will you look at the specific issue of the staff mix? I accept and agree whole-heartedly that every staff member has a front-line infection-control responsibility, but as part of that, every nurse, auxiliary, domestic and doctor has their own part as a cog in the machine. Is there a need for greater clarity about who does what? Will that be considered when you look at the skills mix? Is that the kind of thing that we are talking about when we talk about nationally agreed standards?



Health and Sport Committee 24 February 2015 : Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Bob Doris (Glasgow) (SNP)

Good morning, cabinet secretary. Although I am a Glasgow representative, I was born and bred in the Vale of Leven. All my family are still down there, and my elderly relatives—particularly my mother and father—use the Vale hospital. Unfortunately they have to use the hospital fairly regularly. I know that we are talking about an absolute tragedy that happened in 2007, but I wish to place on record the excellent service that my family gets at the Vale today. It is in that context that I wish to ask some questions, without any complacency at all, because we must strive to implement absolutely every aspect of the recommendations. I thought it important to say that.

Lord MacLean’s recommendations 10 to 12 concern information that was or was not provided to patients and relatives. There were a couple of really terrible examples, with C diff being compared to just a “wee bug” and played down. There were mixed messages about how to deal with soiled clothes, whether families should take them home, how they are stored and so on—really basic things, I suppose we have to say. My question is in two parts. I hope that those basic things have been dealt with long before today, so I seek confirmation of that.

There was a wider recommendation, to which the cabinet secretary referred in her statement to Parliament. She said that she wanted

“to roll out a robust quality assurance system, to put patients, families and their experience at the centre of that work and to ensure that information on it is ... easily accessible”—[Official Report, 25 November 2014; c 24.]

to the public. In other words, clear messages should be out there, at the hospital and on the wards about how to deal with all this.

As I said, my question is in two parts. First, are you confident that what might have seemed like silly wee things—but deeply worrying things—in 2007 have already been addressed? Secondly, the wider question is this: has the work on information that the chief nursing officer was going to take forward been started? If not, when will it start? What timescales apply to it?



Meeting of the Parliament 19 February 2015 : Thursday, February 19, 2015
Bob Doris

I am concerned about both the proposals and the quality of current consultation being conducted by NHS Lanarkshire in relation to general practitioner out-of-hours services, which will see the end to the use of them at the Victoria infirmary in Glasgow.

Can the minister confirm that new health board boundaries need not be a barrier to the continued use of the Victoria infirmary? Although I personally would urge NHS Lanarkshire to reconsider its current proposals, does the minister agree that any final decision by NHS Lanarkshire should be delayed until the Scottish Government has completed its national review of out-of-hours services?



Meeting of the Parliament 19 February 2015 : Thursday, February 19, 2015
3. Bob Doris (Glasgow) (SNP)

To ask the Scottish Government when it last met NHS Lanarkshire and what matters were discussed. (S4O-04023)

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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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YesCarried

S4M-12423 Marco Biagi: Commission on Local Tax Reform—That the Parliament supports the establishment
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YesCarried

S4M-12385 Liz Smith: STEM Education in Scottish Schools—That the Parliament agrees that a solid grou
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YesCarried

S4M-12395.1 Fergus Ewing: An Energy Strategy for Scotland—As an amendment to motion S4M-12395 in the
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YesCarried

S4M-12395.2 Patrick Harvie: An Energy Strategy for Scotland—As an amendment to motion S4M-12395 in t
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NoDefeated

S4M-12395 Murdo Fraser: An Energy Strategy for Scotland—That the Parliament notes with concern the l
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YesCarried

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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NoDefeated

S4M-12382.1 Gavin Brown: Building Scotland’s Infrastructure for the Future—As an amendment to motion
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NoDefeated

S4M-12382.2 Willie Rennie: Building Scotland’s Infrastructure for the Future—As an amendment to moti
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NoDefeated

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Motion S4M-12447.1: Bob Doris, Glasgow, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 27/02/2015 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-12433: Bob Doris, Glasgow, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25/02/2015 Show Full Motion >>
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Motion S4M-12360: Bob Doris, Glasgow, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 19/02/2015 Show Full Motion >>
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Motion S4M-12138: Bob Doris, Glasgow, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 22/01/2015 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-12129: Bob Doris, Glasgow, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 21/01/2015 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-12128: Bob Doris, Glasgow, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 21/01/2015 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4O-04023: Bob Doris, Glasgow, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 11/02/2015 Show Full Question >>
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Question S4W-24086: Bob Doris, Glasgow, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 19/01/2015 Show Full Question >>
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