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Equal Opportunities Committee 20 November 2014 : Thursday, November 20, 2014
John Finnie (Highlands and Islands) (Ind)

Madainn mhath. Good morning. I am a Highlands and Islands MSP.



Equal Opportunities Committee 20 November 2014 : Thursday, November 20, 2014
John Finnie

My question is not specifically on the SSIs, but on an issue that I raised previously and that you addressed—the issue of same-sex couples with foreign partnerships seeking to marry in Scotland. It is accepted that further SSIs will be required to fully enact the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014. Could you give us an update on that particular matter, given the previous undertaking to do everything possible to facilitate it?



Equal Opportunities Committee 20 November 2014 : Thursday, November 20, 2014
John Finnie

I sense that there is a strong political will to deliver on this, notwithstanding those challenges.



Equal Opportunities Committee 20 November 2014 : Thursday, November 20, 2014
John Finnie

Some of the points that I was going to cover have been picked up, but I would like to go back and ask about the additional sum of £43 million that was recently announced. Is that part of the £173 million?



Equal Opportunities Committee 20 November 2014 : Thursday, November 20, 2014
John Finnie

If I noted Mr Swinney correctly, he said that it was for strengthening primary care. Is it targeted both geographically and at deprived areas?



Equal Opportunities Committee 20 November 2014 : Thursday, November 20, 2014
John Finnie

I was very pleased to see the announcement on that, particularly the reference to rural areas. I have been seeking to establish when decisions will be made in this regard. I recently asked the chair of NHS Highland about it. When are we likely to know when and where the money will be allocated?



Equal Opportunities Committee 20 November 2014 : Thursday, November 20, 2014
John Finnie

Is that a one-off payment, or will it be a recurring payment?



Equal Opportunities Committee 20 November 2014 : Thursday, November 20, 2014
John Finnie

There are some lovely phrases among the papers,

“Primary Medical Services Quality and Outcomes Framework”

being one of them. Will that increase incentives for general practitioners to involve the third sector?



Equal Opportunities Committee 20 November 2014 : Thursday, November 20, 2014
John Finnie

With regard to the special islands supplement, do agencies that deliver work on behalf of the Government take a similar approach? For example, we heard in last week’s session that, with regard to training provision, if the amount of money for fulfilling a task is the same in the centre of a city in the central belt as it is on the island of Islay, things will not tally up and incentives for engagement will be reduced.



Equal Opportunities Committee 20 November 2014 : Thursday, November 20, 2014
John Finnie

Thank you. I want to ask you about incentives—forgive me if that is the wrong word—to try to shift things and make a huge cultural change. For the sake of argument, I understand that the nearer you are to a hospital, the more likely you are to be admitted. North-west Sutherland, which is many miles and hours from a hospital, has the smallest percentage of hospital admissions, but it also faces the largest challenges, whether that is collecting refuse bins or delivering care to older people. Given what you have said about your relationship with local authorities, are you content that such a situation can be accurately reflected? After all, as far as the integration of health and care is concerned, one cabinet secretary can directly intervene while another cannot. Are you following where I am going with this?

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Selection of the Parliament's Nominee for First Minister
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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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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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NoDefeated

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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NoDefeated

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Motion S4M-10382: John Finnie, Highlands and Islands, Independent, Date Lodged: 18/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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