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Public Audit Committee 05 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 05, 2014
James Dornan (Glasgow Cathcart) (SNP)

I will go back to a point that Mary Scanlon raised, because it put in a nutshell a lot of the pressures that we are talking about. She rightly pointed out that there has been an increase in people waiting to be seen but, at the same time, there has been a 13 per cent increase in those who have gone through the system, which suggests that the health service is taking this seriously and is dealing with more people every day.

The other side of it—the increase in those waiting—shows the continuing pressures that we are under, with an ageing population and, of course, the on-going financial situation. Targets are coming up time and again. Almost every questioner has asked you about them. This is probably more of a question for the whole committee, but do you think that there is a case for the Scottish Government to come and explain to us the rationale behind its targets—why it selects certain targets and its judgment in putting those targets forward?



Public Audit Committee 05 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 05, 2014
James Dornan

Ken Macintosh talked about having no short-termism. Surely that is what the 2020 vision is all about—it is about looking at things in the round and ensuring that we get there. We have to deal with short-term issues, because every short-term issue is a person with a problem, but at the same time as we are dealing with those, we have a responsibility along with health professionals to ensure that, sometimes, we put away our political hats and look at the picture in the round, which is not easy for any of us. Is there anything that you as Auditor General have picked up while you have been producing the report that you would suggest is crucial or helpful to put in the mix for the discussions that we should be having?



Public Audit Committee 05 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 05, 2014
James Dornan

The only thing that I will say is that, the older I get, the happier I am with the graph that Ken Macintosh pointed out.



Public Audit Committee 05 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 05, 2014
James Dornan

Based on the informal and formal board meetings, did you get any sense during your audit that it had a plan to fill this £2.5 million gap? Was it a case of its saying one thing in public and another thing in private, or was it just sitting there hoping that something would turn up?



Meeting of the Parliament 05 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 05, 2014
James Dornan (Glasgow Cathcart) (SNP)

I join my colleagues in congratulating Jim Eadie on bringing the debate to the chamber; I congratulate the Edinburgh Ahlul Bayt Society on its work to encourage Muslim residents in Edinburgh and the Lothians to donate blood; and I welcome to the chamber those already mentioned by Jim Eadie—particularly my friend Shabir Beg, who I see sitting at the back of the gallery.

The Imam Hussain blood donation campaign, which, as has been mentioned, seeks to increase the number of regular blood donors from Muslim communities, already appears to have been a great success. Tying the campaign to the memory and the work of Imam Hussain seems to have worked; indeed, I am delighted to hear that Glasgow, too, has begun to hold donation sessions. Too often, people who do such small charitable acts do not see the bigger picture about what that half hour out of their lives has done when, in fact, it has saved lives.

I will repeat a statistic that Mr Eadie mentioned, because it is crucial to the debate. Over the course of a year, a woman could save up to nine adult or 21 children’s lives, and a man could save up to 12 adult or 28 children’s lives. I am particularly touched by the statistic that three teaspoons of blood can save the life of a premature baby. My partner works with premature babies every day, and that figure really brings home how, even from a distance, we can help some of those tiny little children to survive.

As the campaign says,

“Blood is a precious resource which can benefit others and save lives.”

That is an extremely powerful message. We need 5,000 blood donations every week in Scotland just to keep up with demand and given that, as we know, blood has an extremely short shelf life, the stream of donations needs to be constant. As a result, the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service runs alongside its regular donation schedules a project called blood donor 24, which is Scotland’s emergency blood donor response team. The team is made up of folk who have pledged to respond within 24 hours should the need for a donation of their blood group arise.

As Jim Eadie pointed out, shortages in blood types can arise for many reasons; there might be a bank holiday, for example, or a major incident or emergency might happen. Of course, finding donors can sometimes be easiest when there is an emergency. Who can forget the queues of people stretching around the block from the Glasgow offices after the Clutha Vaults tragedy? So great was the response that the service had to ask people to delay their donations for a couple of weeks, because it had too much blood.

However, despite our instinctive recognition of the importance of blood and the number of lives that can be saved each year by blood donations, it is still the case that, as has been mentioned, only about 4 per cent of eligible blood donors donate. We all have to work on that.

The blood transfusion service is working on getting younger people to become donors. Recent research shows that only 46 per cent of 17-year-olds are even aware that they could give blood. It is crucial that we engage with young donors, because the average age of donors in Scotland is now over 40.

I know that 20 per cent of new donors come from the give blood school talks programme, which signed up 5,000 new volunteers last year. Its message to people is to celebrate their 17th birthday and celebrate saving a life. That work is extremely important. I will contact the service to see whether we can engage in other ways with young people on giving blood, perhaps through working with youth groups and sports or arts centres.

The blood transfusion service’s work is critical to the excellent blood donation service that we have in Scotland. That service will get even better when the work to construct the bespoke national centre is completed. The national centre will provide a flexible and modern pharmaceutical industry-standard environment for the service’s staff to continue to deliver a safe and efficient supply of blood components across Scotland. That will also provide an on-going contribution to our leading life science research and development industry.

I congratulate the Imam Hussain blood donation campaign on the work that it is doing to get more Muslims to donate blood and I congratulate the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service on its work to ensure that blood is kept safe and used efficiently. I look forward to working with the service to see how we can encourage more people to take part in that simple but life-saving act.

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Meeting of the Parliament 29 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 29, 2014
10. James Dornan (Glasgow Cathcart) (SNP)

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its equalities campaign, one Scotland. (S4O-03610)



Meeting of the Parliament 29 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 29, 2014
James Dornan

BEMIS is one of the key partners in the campaign. In its submission to the Smith commission, it suggested that, if equalities legislation were devolved to the Scottish Parliament, it would make sense also to fully devolve powers over welfare and employment. Will the minister reiterate her support for that analysis and outline what benefits that would bring?



Public Audit Committee 01 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 01, 2014
James Dornan (Glasgow Cathcart) (SNP)

I agree with my colleagues that this has been a useful session. I will come out of it knowing much more than I expected to know when I went into it.

I was delighted to hear Dr Dijkhuizen’s comments about the work in Tayside because I was slightly concerned by Mr Ross’s comments about experts coming from Birmingham and London to help with the flow. It appears that there was someone pretty much next door who could have been spoken to, and I was worried that that meant that best practice was not being spread across the country. I hope that that is not the case. If it has been the case, I am sure that, after this session, it will no longer be.

Grampian and Lanarkshire have the same issue, although for different reasons, but Tayside does not have that issue. Does anyone have an explanation of why that is the case?



Public Audit Committee 01 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 01, 2014
James Dornan

It would certainly be nice if, when we discuss this again, everybody has that closure between the cost of the post and the post in place.

On the other point that I raised, is best practice being shared across health boards just now?



Public Audit Committee 01 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 01, 2014
James Dornan

That takes me on to my last point. How long has it taken you from deciding that you had to change the way things were being done to get to the point that you are at just now?

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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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