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Meeting of the Parliament 26 February 2015 : Thursday, February 26, 2015
Kezia Dugdale

It is NHS staff who are telling the First Minister that they do not have the resources that they need to do their job.

This week, the First Minister will mark 100 days in office, but she has been at the heart of the Government for more than 3,000 days. The SNP might see that as a landmark and a chance for a lap of honour, but what exactly is the First Minister’s record on the NHS? It is targets missed, an A and E crisis, fewer beds, thousands of patients waiting months on end for the treatment that they need, and dedicated NHS staff warning of chaos.

We have expert staff and patients on one side who are exposing the crisis in our NHS, and on the other side we have the SNP Government refusing to take responsibility. With our NHS on life support, when will the First Minister listen to the experts and start to take the crisis seriously?



Meeting of the Parliament 26 February 2015 : Thursday, February 26, 2015
Kezia Dugdale

We learned this week that some of the most vulnerable Scots are being let down by the SNP Government. Young Scots with mental health problems are waiting more than six months to get the treatment that they so desperately need. Whether someone is visiting A and E, waiting to get a hospital bed or planning for an operation, there are problems all across our NHS.

Suzanne Hunter, a dedicated nurse from Clackmannanshire, said:

“This winter the NHS reached breaking point because we simply don’t have the resources. Our NHS needs real help now.”

Does the First Minister, like other nationalists, think that Suzanne Hunter is wrong?



Meeting of the Parliament 26 February 2015 : Thursday, February 26, 2015
Kezia Dugdale

That was dire and there was not a word of comfort in it—not a crumb of comfort—for a pensioner lying on a trolley in an A and E ward last night. [Interruption.]



Meeting of the Parliament 26 February 2015 : Thursday, February 26, 2015
Kezia Dugdale

I have come to the chamber many times now and told the First Minister that she cannot rely on things that Labour did eight years ago as an excuse to get out of the problem that she is in today. If she does not listen to me, she should have a read of Iain Macwhirter, writing in today’s Herald, who says:

“When politicians blame the previous administration, you know there’s a problem.

When they blame an administration that left office eight years ago, you suspect there could be a crisis.”

That is from Iain Macwhirter, who is no friend of the Labour Party.

We have an NHS at breaking point. The usual Scottish National Party solution of sticking a plaster over the wounds will not do—serious treatment is required. On Tuesday, the SNP Government’s own figures showed that Scots are waiting longer for treatment than they were promised by the First Minister, with more than 10,000 people waiting over four months for treatment. Thousands of Scots with a legal right to treatment are not getting it in the time that they were promised. Only in the world of the First Minister is the SNP doing a good job of running the NHS.

Colin Howie, president of the British Orthopaedic Association and a leading surgeon, said:

“We no longer have a short winter bed crisis. Surgical cancellations happen throughout the year because of the lack of facility. It is a bed crisis.”

Does the First Minister think that Colin Howie is wrong?



Meeting of the Parliament 26 February 2015 : Thursday, February 26, 2015
Kezia Dugdale

The people who work in our national health service perform heroics every single day, but they are under pressure like never before. Earlier this week, Dr Martin McKechnie, Scottish vice-president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, said that the NHS in Scotland is suffering from

“a hospital and medical service crisis.”

He said:

“We are doing the damn best we can. But it is awful for patients and families and awful for staff.”

Does the First Minister think that Dr McKechnie is wrong?



Meeting of the Parliament 26 February 2015 : Thursday, February 26, 2015
1. Kezia Dugdale (Lothian) (Lab)

To ask the First Minister what engagements she has planned for the rest of the day. (S4F-02614)



Meeting of the Parliament 19 February 2015 : Thursday, February 19, 2015
Kezia Dugdale

The First Minister should look those parents in the eye and tell them that they have never had it so good. They know that it is not true; we know that it is not true; and I think that the First Minister knows that it is not true. Parents across Scotland have one simple question for the First Minister: is it not about time that she made good on her childcare promises?



Meeting of the Parliament 19 February 2015 : Thursday, February 19, 2015
Kezia Dugdale

—the right that her Government gave them—[Interruption.]



Meeting of the Parliament 19 February 2015 : Thursday, February 19, 2015
Kezia Dugdale

The First Minister says that we have never ever prioritised the issue, yet it was in our budget ask last year, so that is just nonsense. She is celebrating the success of a policy; she should try to celebrate it in front of parents in Glasgow, who are telling her that there are thousands of children across Scotland who are unable to access—[Interruption.]



Meeting of the Parliament 19 February 2015 : Thursday, February 19, 2015
Kezia Dugdale

One year ago today, this Parliament gave parents of three and four-year-olds the right to 600 hours of nursery care a year. We supported that and we voted for it, but today’s report makes it clear that parents across Scotland are unable to access that right, which we gave them.

It is true that, six weeks ago, the First Minister met the fair funding for our kids group—and it has not heard from her since. I spoke to the group this morning and in fact Jenny Gorevan from fair funding for our kids said:

“They give us supportive words but precious little action”.

So there we go. The group told the First Minister that thousands of kids in Scotland are missing out on childcare and that parents are having to give up their jobs as a result. The fair funding campaign asked for an audit of delivery of the 600 hours childcare policy so that we can see the scale of the problem and fix it. Will the First Minister deliver that audit today?

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S4M-12495 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament
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S4M-12491.2 John Swinney: Privacy and the State—As an amendment to motion S4M-12491 in the name of W
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S4M-12491.1 Richard Simpson: Privacy and the State—As an amendment to motion S4M-12491 in the name o
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S4M-12491 Willie Rennie: Privacy and the State—That the Parliament notes the Scottish Government’s c
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S4M-12492.2 Jamie Hepburn: Mental Health—As an amendment to motion S4M-12492 in the name of Jim Hume
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S4M-12492 Jim Hume: Mental Health—That the Parliament notes that one in four people will experience
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Amendment 2 moved by Ken Macintosh on motion S4M-12485 Margaret Burgess: Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bi
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Amendment 3 moved by Ken Macintosh on motion S4M-12485 Margaret Burgess: Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bi
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Amendment 4 moved by Ken Macintosh on motion S4M-12485 Margaret Burgess: Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bi
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Amendment 5 moved by Ken Macintosh on motion S4M-12485 Margaret Burgess: Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bi
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Motion S4M-12160: Kezia Dugdale, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 26/01/2015 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11648: Kezia Dugdale, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 21/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11268: Kezia Dugdale, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 22/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10384: Kezia Dugdale, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 18/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10241: Kezia Dugdale, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 05/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10131: Kezia Dugdale, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 27/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09915.1: Kezia Dugdale, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 02/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09893: Kezia Dugdale, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 01/05/2014 R Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09798: Kezia Dugdale, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 23/04/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09669: Kezia Dugdale, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 07/04/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4F-02630: Kezia Dugdale, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 02/03/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02614: Kezia Dugdale, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 23/02/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02599: Kezia Dugdale, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 16/02/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02577: Kezia Dugdale, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 02/02/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02555: Kezia Dugdale, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 26/01/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02533: Kezia Dugdale, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 19/01/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02518: Kezia Dugdale, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 12/01/2015 Show Full Question >>
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Question S4F-02483: Kezia Dugdale, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 15/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03777: Kezia Dugdale, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 24/11/2014 Show Full Question >>

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