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Meeting of the Parliament 29 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 29, 2014
1. John Finnie (Highlands and Islands) (Ind)

To ask the Scottish Government how it encourages co-operation across local authorities on equality issues. (S4O-03601)



Meeting of the Parliament 29 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 29, 2014
John Finnie

I recently met a senior local authority official to discuss Gypsy Travellers, and that individual commended to me the fact that a needs assessment was being done for the local authority area. I asked what collaboration there was with adjoining authorities, because clearly, by the very nature of that community, Gypsy Travellers are not resident in one place. I was surprised to learn that there was no co-operation at that stage, although I think that the situation has since been rectified. What is the Government doing to ensure that that does not happen, in respect of both local authority and health issues?



Justice Committee 28 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 28, 2014
John Finnie (Highlands and Islands) (Ind)

Professor Miller has just alluded to the Purdy case. A footnote in your submission says that

“the Commission is also concerned that there is a lack of guidance relating to the omission doctrine, whereby doctors may withdraw life sustaining treatment in the certain knowledge that this will bring about the death of the patient.”

What, from a human rights point of view, can we learn from the current arrangements for withdrawal of such treatment or, indeed, from instances in which people seek an undertaking that they will not be resuscitated?



Justice Committee 28 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 28, 2014
John Finnie

I have a question for Mr McGowan, who I am not sure was present when I asked Professor Miller about the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s evidence on the omission doctrine.



Justice Committee 28 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 28, 2014
John Finnie

The ECHR’s evidence says:

“the Commission is also concerned that there is a lack of guidance relating to the omission doctrine, whereby doctors may withdraw life sustaining treatment in the certain knowledge that this will bring about the death of the patient.”

That issue would not come to the attention of the authorities unless there was any dubiety around the writing of a death certificate. Is that correct?



Justice Committee 28 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 28, 2014
John Finnie

You spoke about discretionary judgment. Would you envisage using that judgment in such cases?



Justice Committee 28 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 28, 2014
John Finnie

There is a fine distinction between a conscious decision not to take an act that would sustain a life and actually seeking to end a life, is there not?



Justice Committee 28 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 28, 2014
John Finnie

Can we learn anything from that in relation to the bill? I asked Professor Miller the same question.



Justice Committee 28 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 28, 2014
John Finnie

I am sorry—I should have stressed that I am not asking particularly about the medical aspect. I am asking about the proposal to report to a constable as distinct from the medical authorities reporting directly to you.



Justice Committee 28 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 28, 2014
John Finnie

Would there be any similarity with the situation in which a conscious decision is made not to resuscitate someone?

Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

S4M-11332.2 Jenny Marra: Supported Business—As an amendment to motion S4M-11332 in the name of Fergu
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NoDefeated

S4M-11332.1 Gavin Brown: Supported Business—As an amendment to motion S4M-11332 in the name of Fergu
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NoDefeated

S4M-11332 Fergus Ewing: Supported Business—That the Parliament recognises the economic and social va
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YesCarried

S4M-11304.3 Michael Russell: Addressing the Attainment Gap in Scottish Schools—As an amendment to mo
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YesCarried

S4M-11304 Liz Smith: Addressing the Attainment Gap in Scottish Schools—That the Parliament believes
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YesCarried

S4M-11123 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament
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YesCarried

S4M-11114.2 Kenny MacAskill: Policing—As an amendment to motion S4M-11114 in the name of Graeme Pear
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YesCarried

S4M-11114 Graeme Pearson: Policing—That the Parliament acknowledges that policing in Scotland contin
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YesCarried

S4M-11116.1.1 Patrick Harvie: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to amendment S4M-11116.1 in the name
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YesCarried

S4M-11116.1 Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to motion S4M-11116 in the name of Jo
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YesCarried

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