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Meeting of the Parliament 26 February 2015 : Thursday, February 26, 2015
Jenny Marra (North East Scotland) (Lab)

The minister will know how important this issue is to the communities that I represent in Dundee and Angus, where there have been fatalities as a result of legal highs.

Scottish Labour called this week for the collection of data on the number of people presenting themselves to accident and emergency having taken legal highs. The minister said today that he would review existing systems of data collection but he did not give a specific commitment to collection. Will he tell me what timeline he aspires to for the collection of that data?



Meeting of the Parliament 26 February 2015 : Thursday, February 26, 2015
Jenny Marra

The figures released on Tuesday do not reflect those waiting time ambitions whatsoever. In my home health board of NHS Tayside, 42 per cent of children and young people referred to mental health services must wait more than six months to be seen. This week, the Scottish children’s services coalition said:

“We are at a crisis point and high level strategic management is required in order to get a grip on the situation.”

Does the First Minister agree with the Scottish children’s services coalition?



Meeting of the Parliament 26 February 2015 : Thursday, February 26, 2015
5. Jenny Marra (North East Scotland) (Lab)

To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Government is taking to ensure that children and adolescents receive the mental health services that they need as quickly as possible. (S4F-02626)



Meeting of the Parliament 18 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Jenny Marra

Not the chief statistician?



Meeting of the Parliament 18 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Jenny Marra

Will Shona Robison publish delayed discharge figures on the website?



Meeting of the Parliament 18 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Jenny Marra

Will the cabinet secretary give way?



Meeting of the Parliament 18 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Jenny Marra

It is now their ambition that is critical.

I move,

That the Parliament notes that there are serious problems across the country in Scotland’s health service; regrets that there is a veil of secrecy over important statistics on the operation of NHS Scotland, and calls for a culture of transparency and openness with regular publication of statistics and reports so that the Parliament and the people of Scotland can be fully informed about the state of the health service.

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Meeting of the Parliament 18 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Jenny Marra

I will.

The test will be in how open, transparent and up to date the information will be. How innovative and ambitious can the Scottish Government be with the new tool for the success of our health service? I sincerely hope that it will grasp the opportunity and not have to be forced bit by bit into publishing more and more information, as it has been over the past few weeks. The way in which the SNP, the health secretary and the First Minister have come to the publication of weekly statistics has been surprising and disappointing given that they have been at the top of the Government for eight years, but they eventually reached the right conclusion.



Meeting of the Parliament 18 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Jenny Marra

As I told Mark McDonald last night, no one would have had to resort to putting in freedom of information requests if the Government had been open and transparent in the first place.

The health secretary must look at the duplicity of social unavailability hidden in waiting times. I expect that the new period of transparency that she has announced will bring that to an end. I hope that she will address that.

If Scotland is to have the most transparent health service in the world, does the Scottish Government plan to match the transparency of the Scottish Ambulance Service, which updates its performance figures on its website every 15 minutes?

We have not yet heard whether the cabinet secretary intends to publish figures on delayed discharge, the tackling of which she has called her greatest priority, and which we agree is the biggest challenge in our health service. I am surprised that she has not included delayed discharge figures in the transparency project, but she might be able to clear that up.

When the cabinet secretary publishes the figures, will she do so with the same openness and accountability as the Scottish Ambulance Service is demonstrating? Will we be able to find out, hour by hour, how many patients have been discharged, how many beds are occupied and how many are unoccupied? Will we be able to find out how the patient flow through our hospitals is operating throughout the day and on each day of the week? That might sound fanciful but, if we take the aspiration of full openness and accountability to its logical conclusion, it makes absolute sense and should be exactly what we are aspiring to in our most important public service in Scotland.

An international report published by McKinsey has concluded that transparency is one of the most powerful drivers of healthcare improvement. It cites as a powerful example the publication of data on Canadian hospitals. Within a few months of the data’s release, the average length of stay decreased by more than 30 per cent, and the number of unexpected readmissions declined by more than 20 per cent. If data publication could have a similar effect on delayed discharges in Scotland, what a radical improvement that would be.

A study published by The New England Journal of Medicine has shown that public data reporting is as effective an incentive as financial rewards are in convincing providers to improve their clinical performance. None of the NHS staff I have spoken to has any problem with data publication; indeed, openness and transparency are as much in the interests of our hard-working NHS staff as they are in the interests of patients.

If the international evidence is to be taken at face value, the Scottish Government has created an incredible opportunity this week by setting up the website and the project.



Meeting of the Parliament 18 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Jenny Marra

I am not sure whether Bruce Crawford’s microphone was on—I could not hear exactly what he said, although I think that I got the gist. Neither any political party nor the British Medical Association would have had to resort to putting in freedom of information requests if the Scottish Government had been open and transparent about the information that it publishes, instead of having to take a lead from David Cameron and have us put pressure on it to publish statistics more frequently.

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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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S4M-12423 Marco Biagi: Commission on Local Tax Reform—That the Parliament supports the establishment
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S4M-12385 Liz Smith: STEM Education in Scottish Schools—That the Parliament agrees that a solid grou
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S4M-12395.1 Fergus Ewing: An Energy Strategy for Scotland—As an amendment to motion S4M-12395 in the
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S4M-12395.2 Patrick Harvie: An Energy Strategy for Scotland—As an amendment to motion S4M-12395 in t
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S4M-12395 Murdo Fraser: An Energy Strategy for Scotland—That the Parliament notes with concern the l
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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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S4M-12382.1 Gavin Brown: Building Scotland’s Infrastructure for the Future—As an amendment to motion
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S4M-12382.2 Willie Rennie: Building Scotland’s Infrastructure for the Future—As an amendment to moti
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