Jackie Baillie MSP

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Jackie Baillie MSP

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  • Member for: Dumbarton
  • Region: West Scotland
  • Party: Scottish Labour

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Meeting of the Parliament 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Jackie Baillie

The cabinet secretary and I have exchanged correspondence. My understanding is that the legislation does not cover farm land because it is private land. There is concern about the scope that local authorities have to enforce. I wonder whether we can do something clever to try to help farmers with the problem.



Meeting of the Parliament 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Jackie Baillie

I suggest that that is the role of the Presiding Officer—not that I am suggesting that he is a purple dragon.

Given that there seems to be a culture of just dropping litter, leaving it behind or throwing it out of the car window, the scale of the problem that we have is perhaps not astonishing. Therefore, the work of Keep Scotland Beautiful and the clean up Scotland campaign is vital. It is fantastic that they have encouraged an army of volunteers—including many of us—to undertake 300 clean-ups every month and to pick up thousands of tonnes of litter.

I know because I have participated in such activity that it is not just about doing something that is useful for the environment. It is great exercise, and it allows participants to switch off from the myriad things that they have going on in their heads. I have been at such events at Levengrove park, at the beach at Dumbarton—yes, we have one—and at Dumbarton castle on the banks of the Clyde. There have been litter picks in Helensburgh, and there is a litter pick in Luss on the banks of Loch Lomond on 7 March—I invite all who are present to participate; it will be fun.

I commend Keep Scotland Beautiful, not just for the mass engagement that it has encouraged but because it has brought together communities, local authorities, the public sector, the third sector and businesses. It has done a great job in bringing everyone together to take co-ordinated action. As Bruce Crawford told us, 80 local, national and global brands have supported the clean up Scotland campaign, including McDonald’s, Greggs, William Tracey, Wrigley’s and Coca-Cola Enterprises. They all recognise that we need to do more.

The issue is not just the visual impact of what is known as environmental incivility, but a lessening of civic pride, the negative impact on wildlife on land and in marine areas, and negative health and social justice outcomes.

I am conscious of the time, Presiding Officer, but I want to mention the impact on farms in my area. I have been approached by NFU Scotland, which has reported the huge impact of dog fouling in fields on the wellbeing of livestock, with cattle regularly miscarrying. I understand that a consultation is being undertaken, but I would be very pleased to hear from the cabinet secretary about what more can be done to prevent this sort of thing in future. The problem is increasing, and we need to help.

Education can play a hugely important role in encouraging the next generation not to litter. For example, I know from my local eco-schools that Keep Scotland Beautiful has had a huge impact. Education is about changing attitudes and behaviour, and our strategy needs to ensure that people take personal responsibility and are proactive about prevention and that enforcement action can be taken to ensure that those who litter are fined.

Finally, Presiding Officer—and you are not a purple dragon—I congratulate Keep Scotland Beautiful on its work and commend all the volunteers and partners across Scotland for their involvement.

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Meeting of the Parliament 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton) (Lab)

I join Christine Grahame in congratulating Bruce Crawford on securing the debate. I also congratulate him on the content of his speech.

It is said that timing is everything in politics, so we should note the reception for Keep Scotland Beautiful that is taking place in the garden lobby at 6 o’clock and welcome the clean up Scotland champions from across the country to Parliament this evening. Their efforts should be applauded.

There is no doubt that we live in a beautiful country. I am proud to have Scotland’s first national park in my constituency—it is shared between my constituency and Bruce Crawford’s. Loch Lomond is iconic, and it draws visitors from home and abroad. We have the most amazing landscapes and dramatic coastlines, and just occasionally we have nice weather to go with it.

Of course, the blot on our landscape is litter. The statistics bear repeating—250 million visible items of litter are dropped every year. If we think about that as we drive along looking at the grass verges and the hedges, we begin to understand the scale of the problem that we face. I could not believe that there were 170 incidents of fly-tipping every day. I suspect that that is the tip of the iceberg and that those are only the incidents that we know about. It is not just the grass verges and the hedges that are affected by litter. The city streets are littered with detritus from food, cigarettes and so on.

I was struck by the example of Bruges that Christine Grahame gave. I grew up in Hong Kong, where litter campaigns were run. There are not so many grass verges there, but we had a purple dragon called Lap Sap Chung. As a child, I was most fearful of that purple dragon appearing, but the streets of Hong Kong are absolutely spotless. Maybe there is something that we can learn from what goes on there.



Health and Sport Committee 24 February 2015 : Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Jackie Baillie

I want to press you on that, given that a new hospital is going to open in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area after the public inquiry has reported. There was a specific recommendation that an independent audit be carried out. Has it been carried out? If so, when and by whom was it carried out, and can we see the conclusions?



Health and Sport Committee 24 February 2015 : Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Jackie Baillie

This will be my final question, as I think that I am testing the convener’s patience.

Recommendation 7 of the public inquiry report deals with situations in which there is structural reorganisation or significant change. It talks about

“regular reviews of the process”

and says that a review should

“include an independent audit.”

I am conscious that the new Southern general hospital is probably the largest project of its kind, certainly in the Scottish NHS if not in the NHS across the United Kingdom. Has there been an independent audit of infection control? If so, when was it undertaken and by whom?



Health and Sport Committee 24 February 2015 : Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Jackie Baillie

There is real pressure on beds at the moment, which was another feature at the Vale of Leven. The hospital was operating under a great deal of pressure. Over the winter period, there was significant footfall at the front door, and we are now seeing the same across Scotland. In such situations, hospitals open new beds to cope with the pressure, albeit on an interim basis, but they tend to be squeezed into the same space and are much closer together than is desirable. How do we ensure that that does not happen again in response to temporary pressures, such as those that we are currently seeing in the NHS?



Health and Sport Committee 24 February 2015 : Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Jackie Baillie

I accept what you have said about the process, but a significant challenge that nurses highlighted was that they needed isolation facilities to fulfil the process that you have described, but the facilities were just not physically there. That caused quite severe on-going problems at the Vale of Leven hospital.

My question was quite specific. Do we have the physical facilities to enable the process that you have described to happen?



Health and Sport Committee 24 February 2015 : Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Jackie Baillie

That is great. We like reform and efficiency—they are always good things.

The cabinet secretary raised the question of isolation facilities, which were particularly lacking at the Vale of Leven hospital. Can she advise the committee whether isolation rooms are now available in every hospital in Scotland?



Health and Sport Committee 24 February 2015 : Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Jackie Baillie

That is helpful to know.

Fiona McQueen might have said this inadvertently—or maybe I just misheard her—but she mentioned “reconvening” the national task force. Has it been dormant?



Health and Sport Committee 24 February 2015 : Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Jackie Baillie

Thank you for that response. I want to move on to the HAI taskforce, or whatever we are calling it—we got a bit lost in language earlier. I will be as blunt as possible: NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde had an infection control team, an infection control committee and all those structures in place, but they just failed to work.

Although I hear what Fiona McQueen is saying and although I absolutely agree on the need for such structures and accountability, Greater Glasgow and Clyde would argue that it had the reporting mechanisms in place to enable people to go from ward to board. We know from the report that, from July 2007, the clinician responsible did not attend meetings that she was responsible for chairing and that she did not attend Greater Glasgow and Clyde meetings for 18 months over the period when the infection was raging at the Vale of Leven hospital. Those systems were in place—indeed, we have just had a description of them—so what, specifically, is different?

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