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

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Meeting of the Parliament 27 November 2014 : Thursday, November 27, 2014
Jim Hume

I do not have time. I apologise to Bob Doris.

Almost three quarters of bed days that were occupied by delayed discharges were by patients aged 75 and over. That comes at a time when boarding is reported to have soared to 3,000 patients, geriatric beds have been cut by a third since 2010 and emergency admissions for older people are at their highest for a decade. With all that in mind, we must look carefully at the Scottish Government’s plans to integrate health and social care.

Although the Scottish Lib Dems support moves to treat more people in their own settings, ministers are only bottlenecking our hospitals by cutting beds without first increasing community care. A long-lasting policy focus is needed to tackle the issue in a meaningful way, and although I am pleased that the First Minister has earmarked delayed discharges as a Government priority, a specific long-term action plan needs to be put in place to deal with bed shortages and workforce issues, beyond the measures that are contained in the accident and emergency plan that was published last year.

As Willie Rennie and Mary Scanlon passionately said, we know that one in four people is likely to suffer from mental health problems at some point in their life. Figures that have been published recently show that one in five patients faces waiting more than 18 weeks to start treatment for psychological therapies. That is not good enough. Only 81.3 per cent of patients were treated within 18 weeks, which falls way below the Scottish Government’s health improvement, efficiency and governance, access and treatment—HEAT—target of 90 per cent of patients being treated within 18 weeks, by December.

RCN Scotland highlighted a 17 per cent fall in the number of staffed mental health beds across Scotland since 2010. It also found that the NHS in Scotland lost 64 mental health nurses. RCN Scotland, SAMH and other charities have warned about the lack of specialist nurses, beds and support in the community for mental health services. As one person in four will experience a mental health problem in their life, our NHS should reflect that.

There are problems for our young people, who face long waits to begin treatment at mental health services; too many wait months to access treatment. It is indefensible that thatthatuld happen to a person at such an important time in their life. There are 883 fewer mental health beds than there were in 2009, and the average waiting time is eight months. Scotland deserves better. Eight months is an unacceptable waiting time for a young person at such an important time in their life. We would not expect a child to limp on with a broken leg for that long, so why should we allow a young person to continue with untreated mental health problems? Getting the right combination of public mental health services, anti-stigma measures, timely access to therapy and reliable crisis and emergency care will be part of tackling delays in our mental health services.

I am proud that, as part of the UK coalition Government, the Lib Dems have had written into the law that, for the first time ever, mental health and physical health will receive equal recognition. Scottish Lib Dems will urge the new Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport to enshrine in law parity for treatment of mental ill health and physical ill health. That step would put fairness at the heart of the new First Minister’s legislative programme.

Yesterday, Willie Rennie pressed the First Minister about my proposal for a bill to ban smoking in cars when children are present. I launched that proposal last spring and consulted on it last summer. It received not only cross-party support but all-party support. During that consultation, it received overwhelming support, with even the tobacco industry stating that adults should not smoke in the enclosed environment of a car with children present.

We know from the evidence that as many as 60,000 children are exposed to second-hand smoke in cars, not every year but every week, in Scotland. I realise that the Government has decided to consult on its own tobacco measures, including on people smoking in cars when children are present, but its consultation does not finish until early next year.

We can act more quickly—my bill is ready to go now and it does not have to wait for the long process of the Government’s much wider public health bill to progress. In the spirit of consensual government that the First Minister has mentioned so much and with—to use her words—

“a sense of shared endeavour”,—[Official Report, 26 November 2014; c 19.]

I ask the Deputy First Minister to confirm in his closing speech that the Government will support my bill now to protect the vulnerable young lungs that are still being exposed to damaging second-hand smoke in cars.

16:22  

Meeting of the Parliament 27 November 2014 : Thursday, November 27, 2014
Jim Hume (South Scotland) (LD)

As Willie Rennie and Alison McInnes said, there is in the programme much on which we can broadly agree. I welcome the spirit of cross-party co-operation, about which I hope the Government is serious.

Working constructively is important in achieving common goals. I welcome the First Minister’s announcement of £5 million that has been match funded up to £15 million to tackle the problem of delayed discharges. However, it is equally important that we stand up and hold the Government to account. To put the size of the problem into context, from July to September this year, more than 154,500 bed days were occupied by delayed-discharge patients, which is up from about 126,500 during the same period last year. In the October 2014 census, 321 patients were delayed for over four weeks despite being clinically ready to leave hospital, which is up from 156 over the same period last year.



Meeting of the Parliament 27 November 2014 : Thursday, November 27, 2014
Jim Hume

Would the minister be able to give us a—I cannot get away from the puns—timetable on such as decision?



Meeting of the Parliament 27 November 2014 : Thursday, November 27, 2014
Jim Hume (South Scotland) (LD)

I am delighted to host this members’ business debate, which I am even more delighted to say marks a key moment in the long-running campaign to bring trains to Reston and East Linton. Over the years, the campaign to get rail services to Reston and East Linton has rightly received widespread support from residents and community councils. It has attracted cross-party support from MSPs and has been supported across boundaries by East Lothian Council and Scottish Borders Council. Such is the social and economic case for the reinstatement of rail services at Reston that, more recently, Scottish Borders Council increased its financial commitment to the project to £1.28 million.

The tenacity of the members of the rail action group east of Scotland—or RAGES, as we all know it—is immense. Without a shadow of a doubt, their sheer hard work, determination and savvy campaigning have kept the issue in the spotlight across changing Holyrood and council administrations since the group was set up back in 1999. The chairman of RAGES, Tom Thorburn, its vice-chairman Barrie Forrest, its secretary Russell Darling and all its committee members have campaigned tirelessly to keep rail services for Reston and East Linton on the agenda. That hard work is paying off.

The RAGES team is an exemplar of community campaigning, and I am pleased to say that we are in the presence of that campaigning tour de force, as some of the RAGES team are in the public gallery. I hope that the debate lives up to their expectations, and I am sure that my MSP colleagues will join me in welcoming them to the Scottish Parliament.

To provide rail services for communities across coastal Berwickshire and rural East Lothian is a historic achievement, and I welcomed the news from Keith Brown in his previous post as transport minister that a two-hourly service had been agreed in the ScotRail franchise and that trains would come to Reston and East Linton from December 2016. I hope that the new minister will be in a position to echo that commitment, and I look forward to hearing from him on that.

I am pleased that good progress is being made on the joint bid to the Scottish stations fund by Scottish Borders Council, East Lothian Council and the south east of Scotland transport partnership. Again, I welcome the positive comments that Keith Brown made on that submission, and I hope that the new minister will also look favourably on it.

In time, it will be important to see an affordable pricing structure for passengers and a timetable that works for commuters and tourists alike. More immediately, it is imperative that we get a firm timetable and deadline for construction works, and I look forward to hearing from the minister on that. I welcome Derek Mackay to his new position.

I have already hinted at the length of time for which the campaign has been running. In 2002, Tom Thorburn of RAGES and Ted Clemit of Reston and Auchencrow community council took a petition to the Scottish Parliament to reinstate services at Reston and East Linton. Since then, I have been pleased to support RAGES fully in its work to secure rail services at Reston and East Linton. It is certainly clear from feasibility studies that there will be significant socioeconomic benefits.

On the other side of the Borders, work is under way on the Waverley rail line, which will benefit not just the Borders but Midlothian and, of course, Edinburgh. As work recently began on laying track, Alex Salmond set out his vision for 1 million passengers using the service annually. The two projects are very different, but that sentiment underlines the promise of the benefit that rail services bring to our communities through both inward investment and the tourism economy. That in turn reflects what we wish to happen at Reston and East Linton.

I would like the Waverley line to be extended to Hawick and beyond, to join up with Carlisle. I see no reason why the Scottish Government should not at least commit to a feasibility study, in the light of the former First Minister’s ambitious vision. That discussion is for another day, however—today is about Reston and East Linton.

Our rural and coastal areas can often be left behind when it comes to investment. Our coastal towns and villages, which have traditionally relied on fishing, have recently had to diversify in a changing economy. I am pleased to say that Eyemouth is still a busy working port that services fishing and commercial fleets. Over the years, an increase in tourism activities has brought visitors into the town and the wider county of Berwickshire, which has fantastic attractions along its coastline, such as St Abbs and Coldingham Bay, to name a couple.

It is easy to argue for the need for trains to Reston and East Linton. Such a move will make the area more attractive to young people and new business. Population alone justifies a rail service, which will help to get people out of their cars. It will perhaps even help Scotland to meet its climate change targets, too. Reston station could serve a population of roughly 10,000 in the eastern part of the Borders, and East Linton station will be a welcome addition, as we know that East Lothian’s population is projected to experience the biggest increase in Scotland—33 per cent—by 2035.

It is not an overstatement to say that today’s debate marks a seminal moment for rail travel in the south of Scotland. As work continues apace on the Waverley line, the east is now tantalisingly within touching distance of train services at Reston and East Linton.

I pay tribute to RAGES members for leading on this important local issue. They have been an impressive machine behind the campaign. They have kept up the momentum year after year, and I am sure that MSPs from across the chamber will agree that it is they who deserve the credit for bringing rail services back to Reston and East Linton.

12:37  

Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 26 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Jim Hume

That is useful.



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 26 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Jim Hume

I mean applicants, landowners and public bodies. My question is for the whole panel.



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 26 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Jim Hume

Committee members have your paper, which gives a broad outline of what the budget is, but I want to bore down into where the budget goes. I want to know what types of costs—rather than the overall budget, which we appreciate—public bodies, community bodies and landowners face.



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 26 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Jim Hume

There seems to be a degree of uncertainty regarding the financial memorandum. Highlands and Islands Enterprise has stated that it agrees that there are difficulties in estimating demand, for example. Bearing that in mind, what specific costs does the panel anticipate for communities and landowners, and what costs might public bodies have to bear?



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 26 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Jim Hume

I am sorry, cabinet secretary, but the rural enterprise budget is almost disappearing. My memory is that it was used substantially to help provide budgets for such projects. Are we looking at different ways of doing that?



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 26 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Jim Hume

Thank you for that answer. I note in the draft budget that the budget for rural communities and rural enterprise is dropping by about 98 to 99 per cent. In the past, legacy payments have supported projects such as monitor farms, which we have been quite supportive of, the rural leadership programme and so on. Meanwhile, the budget for technical assistance is going up by 1,540 per cent to £5 million and the budget for payments and inspections administration is going up by about 29.1 per cent in real terms to £45.4 million. How will those budget changes affect things such as the monitor farms and the rural leadership programme, which the rural enterprise budget has supported to some extent in the past? What will be the future for them?

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Selection of the Parliament's Nominee for First Minister
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YesCarried

S4M-11567.2 Margaret Mitchell: Lowering the Drink Drive Limit—As an amendment to motion S4M-11567 in
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NoCarried

S4M-11507.1 Cameron Buchanan: Progressive Workplace Policies to Boost Productivity, Growth and Jobs—
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NoDefeated

S4M-11507 Angela Constance: Progressive Workplace Policies to Boost Productivity, Growth and Jobs—Th
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YesCarried

S4M-11494.3 Jackie Baillie: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—As an amendment to
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NoDefeated

S4M-11494.2 Alex Johnstone: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—As an amendment to
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YesDefeated

S4M-11494 Margaret Burgess: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—That the Parliament
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NoCarried

S4M-11484.1 Jackson Carlaw: Human Rights—As an amendment to motion S4M-11484 in the name of Roseanna
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NoDefeated

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