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  • Member for: South Scotland
  • Party: Scottish Liberal Democrats

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Meeting of the Parliament 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
Jim Hume (South Scotland) (LD)

I am grateful to the members who spoke before me for making time so tight. Of course I welcome the debate, which is an opportunity to focus on our long-term goals for the NHS. We all value the NHS and the people who make it. It is founded on the principles that it should meet the needs of everyone, that it should be free at the point of delivery and that it should be based on clinical need, not the ability to pay. It remains a source of pride and each and every one of us has a stake in it.

The vision that we are discussing today is that by 2020 everyone is able to live longer, healthier lives at home or in a homely setting. Key to that is the integration of health and social care. I welcome the additional investment of £100 million in our NHS over the next three years. I also welcome the cabinet secretary’s mention of the 10 to 15-year plan. I hope that we will have a long-term workforce strategy within it, which will take into account nurse places but also places for psychologists and psychiatrists and so on.

We should perhaps have addressed these issues earlier. Perhaps the eye was taken off the ball during the independence campaign—or perhaps not. Anyway, that is history.

The 10 to 15-year plan and the £100 million could and should have been delivered earlier to avoid the kind of stories that we have heard over the past few months. Accident and emergency waiting times are up; the number of delayed discharges is up. A lack of staff and equipment has been reported by concerned nurses. Cancer waiting times have been missed and of course individuals with mental health needs are sometimes waiting months for treatment while others are simply not referred to the therapies that they need because of the level of demand.

Although I welcome the additional funding and the 10 to 15-year plan, I am disappointed that it has come late in the day. The crisis that we are facing now will receive funding in 2017-18, which is somewhat ironic given that the 2020 vision puts a focus on prevention, anticipation and supported self-management.

The 2020 vision is of course a very good one, which we will all support. This year will be crucial for it, with the integration of health and social care. I hope that all the ministers will listen to the concerns that have been raised and ensure that the transition is as smooth as it can be.

We know that we must move to a more cohesive system and that that will help delayed discharges in particular. However, as the RCN warned earlier this week, that is only one element of the pressure on beds. If we are all to live healthier, happier lives, treatment must be readily available when a patient needs it. For the one in four of us who will suffer from mental health problems, the one in 10 children aged five to 16 who have a mental health problem, the 13 per cent of 15 to 16-year-olds who have self-harmed, and the 10 per cent of new mothers who experience post-natal depression, treatment simply is not always there.

Health improvement, efficiency and governance, access and treatment—HEAT—targets for psychological treatments are being missed across the board. The Scottish Government said in a recent debate that there is parity between physical and mental illness in Scotland, but I do not accept that. When the UK Government looked into how to achieve parity, the Royal College of Psychiatrists stated in a study that the overarching principle is equality. Parity for mental healthcare, when it is achieved, means equal access to the most effective and safest treatment, the allocation of time, effort and resources commensurate with need, and equal status in healthcare education and practice.

We know from freedom of information figures that I obtained that, in some NHS areas, spend on mental health has fallen since 2010. We know that only 81 per cent of people were seen within the 18-week waiting time for psychological therapies, while 94 per cent of patients starting cancer treatment were seen within the 62-day HEAT target. Incidentally, both targets were missed. Worryingly, we know that two fifths of GPs have not referred any patient to psychological therapies recently because of waiting times, and the RCN has said:

“mental health is often the poor relation to physical health when it comes to priority and funding within the NHS.”

I do not believe that that is equality or parity.

South of the border, Liberal Democrats in government enshrined parity in law for the first time. I asked the Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health to follow suit here, but he did not even mention mental health in a recent answer to me on his priorities. We need it stated clearly and unequivocally that there is parity. It may just be the addition of one word, but for the one in four people who suffer, have suffered or will suffer in the future from mental health problems, that one word means that they will have an absolute right to equal treatment. It cannot be said that there is parity when GPs are not referring people to talking therapies because of the pressures on services. We never hear of people not being referred for surgery because of pressures on other NHS services.

I end with a final thought from the Royal College of Psychiatrists:

“If we stay true to the principle of treating each person with dignity and respect in our health care system, then we should make no distinction between illnesses of the brain and illnesses of other body systems.”

I look forward to working with all parties to help to deliver the NHS for the future, to 2020 and beyond. In the spirit of consensus, I shall support the Government motion today.

15:48  

Meeting of the Parliament 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
Jim Hume

The member says that we are on the right path, but does he not agree that the path is quite a long one if, for example, two fifths of patients with mental health problems are not getting referred by GPs because the services, whether they be talking therapies or services outwith or within the NHS, are simply not there to treat them?



Meeting of the Parliament 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
Jim Hume

Will the member take an intervention?



Meeting of the Parliament 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
Jim Hume

Is the member sure that he will not take in intervention?



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 14 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Jim Hume (South Scotland) (LD)

Yes, it does.

Good morning, cabinet secretary. You mentioned local authorities being the lead partners and that Shetland and Clyde are well ahead of the game. However, last week at least two of our witnesses—Lucy Greenhill from the Scottish Association for Marine Science and Bertie Armstrong—expressed concern. Bertie Armstrong stated:

“We remain frightened about the potential effect of lack of expertise”

at regional levels. Meanwhile, Lucy Greenhill said:

“people at the regional level will struggle to replicate or improve on the quality of planning that is undertaken at the national level.”—[Official Report, Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee, 7 January 2015; c 11, 20.]

She, too, was concerned that there would be a lack of expertise in local authorities. From where do you think that we will get the expertise for regional, local authority-led boards that will drive the plans forward?



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 14 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Jim Hume

Will the Scottish Government do that centrally? Will it aid local authorities to set up those bodies?



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 14 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Jim Hume

Okay. That is useful—thanks.



Meeting of the Parliament 14 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 14, 2015
8. Jim Hume (South Scotland) (LD)

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to increase the number of mental health officers being trained. (S4O-03888)



Meeting of the Parliament 14 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Jim Hume

Evidence from the SSSC shows that the number of mental health officers is declining and the workforce is ageing. The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland stated that 42 per cent of emergency detentions in hospitals had no mental health officer consent, even though that should be the case, and that 62 per cent of short-term detentions did not have a social circumstances report, which is critical to patients getting the right treatment and care. When will the Government address the shortage of mental health officers? Will it look to have a Scotland-wide recruitment and training strategy for them this year?



Meeting of the Parliament 14 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Jim Hume (South Scotland) (LD)

Christian Allard speaks about a party wanting to “weaponise” the NHS. Does he recognise that the Yes Scotland campaign weaponised the NHS with its NHS for yes campaign?

Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

S4M-12120.1 Jenny Marra: 2020 Vision, the Strategic Forward Direction of the NHS—As an amendment to
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NoDefeated

S4M-12101 John Swinney: Budget (Scotland) (No.4) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general prin
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YesCarried

S4M-12095.4 Ken Macintosh: Tackling Inequalities—As an amendment to motion S4M-12095 in the name of
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NoDefeated

S4M-12095.2 Alex Johnstone: Tackling Inequalities—As an amendment to motion S4M-12095 in the name of
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NoDefeated

S4M-12095.1 Willie Rennie: Tackling Inequalities—As an amendment to motion S4M-12095 in the name of
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YesDefeated

S4M-12095 Alex Neil: Tackling Inequalities—That the Parliament agrees that a strong, sustainable eco
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NoCarried

Selection of John Pentland MSP for appointment to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body.
Not VotedCarried

S4M-12060.2 Hugh Henry: Commending the People who Keep Scotland Safe in Emergencies—As an amendment
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NoDefeated

S4M-12045.3 Shona Robison: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to motion S4M-12045 in the name of Rich
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NoCarried

S4M-12045.2 Jackson Carlaw: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to motion S4M-12045 in the name of Ric
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NoDefeated

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