Richard Simpson MSP

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Richard Simpson MSP

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  • Member for: Mid Scotland and Fife
  • Party: Scottish Labour

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Parliamentary Activities

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Meeting of the Parliament 18 December 2014 Business until 12:00 : Thursday, December 18, 2014
Dr Simpson

I have just said that it is brilliant.



Meeting of the Parliament 18 December 2014 Business until 12:00 : Thursday, December 18, 2014
Dr Richard Simpson (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Lab)

I suggest that the private practice element is a total distraction. The new cabinet secretary might like to look at the response that I received to a freedom of information request to boards, which indicates that, far from consultant contracts being offered on a split of 7.5 to 2.5 sessions, which is the national contract, 60 per cent of all new consultant contracts in Scotland have been offered on a 9:1 basis. That is unsustainable and untenable. Frankly, any consultant who accepts the job on that basis rather than the national contract that they are offered in England—although their doing so is brilliant from our point of view—is making a big sacrifice.



Meeting of the Parliament 17 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Dr Simpson

I thank the cabinet secretary for his answer, although it does not really give us any more detail. Would he like to comment on the publication of the recent report from Scotpho—the Scottish public health observatory—which showed that, out of 11 actions that can reduce inequalities, paying the living wage is by far the most effective? Having failed to make payment of the living wage happen through the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014, will the Government follow London’s lead and ensure that all public sector contracts require that workers engaged under them are paid the living wage, in order to reduce health inequalities?



Meeting of the Parliament 17 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 17, 2014
15. Dr Richard Simpson (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Lab)

To ask the Scottish Government what detail the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Economy can provide regarding the allocation of the Barnett consequentials arising from the recent increase in United Kingdom Government health spending. (S4O-03835)



Meeting of the Parliament 11 December 2014 : Thursday, December 11, 2014
Dr Richard Simpson (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Lab)

It is not progressive.



Health and Sport Committee 09 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Dr Simpson

Thank you.



Health and Sport Committee 09 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Dr Simpson

Another issue that I have been pressing in a number of forums is the linkage of cognitive assessment to boarding out, because of the dangers of that. I do not know where we have got to on that. If patients with cognitive impairment have to be boarded out, that creates a problem downstream of how to get them home and how they can be managed. If such people are institutionalised further, they will have particular difficulties when they are moved around. I wonder where we are on linking those two systems.



Health and Sport Committee 09 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Dr Simpson

In Glasgow, a centralised robotic system dispensed medicines to local dispensaries in hospitals, but patients also kept their medicines in a defined area in the ward, and they were kept topped up and ready for discharge. That combination of centralised robotics for the whole of Glasgow and localised dispensing seemed very sensible, and NHS Forth Valley has a variation of that that works very well.

I have a final question about patient flow within rather than out of hospital. Clearly the boarding out issue is quite a vexed one; although we supposedly have a recording system, boarding out still has to be defined. I know that Dr Beckett has done some work on the matter—indeed, he and I have had conversations about it—and I wonder whether he wants to put anything on the record.



Health and Sport Committee 09 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Dr Simpson

Many GPs send out a letter on flu immunisation. Mentioning the winter plan for over the Christmas period in that letter and saying when the practice or a pharmacy will or will not be open will give local information. Bob Doris has made an excellent suggestion. It would not cost a lot to say that that should be done regularly.



Health and Sport Committee 09 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Dr Simpson

That would be helpful.

Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

S4M-11901.3 Neil Findlay: Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce—As an amendment to motion S4M-11901
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S4M-11901.1 Mary Scanlon: Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce—As an amendment to motion S4M-11901
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YesDefeated

S4M-11830.2 John Swinney: The Smith Commission—As an amendment to motion S4M-11830 in the name of Ru
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NoCarried

S4M-11830 Ruth Davidson: The Smith Commission—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the Sm
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NoCarried

Amendment 6 moved by Dr Richard Simpson on motion S4M-11826 Maureen Watt: Food (Scotland) Bill—That
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YesDefeated

S4M-11825.3 Claire Baker: End of Year Fish Negotiations—As an amendment to motion S4M-11825 in the n
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S4M-11825.2 Jamie McGrigor: End of Year Fish Negotiations—As an amendment to motion S4M-11825 in the
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S4M-11825.1 Tavish Scott: End of Year Fish Negotiations—As an amendment to motion S4M-11825 in the n
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S4M-11825 Richard Lochhead: End of Year Fish Negotiations—That the Parliament welcomes the successfu
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S4M-11763.3 Margaret Burgess: Private Sector Rent Reform—As an amendment to motion S4M-11763 in the
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Motion S4M-11844: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 09/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11815: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 04/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11788: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 02/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11779: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 02/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11715: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 26/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11590: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 18/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11171: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 09/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11170: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 09/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11169: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 09/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11168: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 09/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4O-03835: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 10/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23445: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 27/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23447: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 27/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23448: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 27/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23443: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 27/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03763: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 26/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23322: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 20/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23323: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 20/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23314: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 20/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23313: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 20/11/2014 Show Full Question >>