Maureen Watt MSP

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Maureen Watt MSP

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  • Member for: Aberdeen South and North Kincardine
  • Region: North East Scotland
  • Party: Scottish National Party

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Health and Sport Committee 09 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Maureen Watt

We will continue to monitor to see whether it is enough. You are absolutely right that the health visitor will be the named person for the majority of children under five, so we must ensure that there are enough of them.

Theresa Fyffe has said:

“Health visitors make a critical difference to the health and wellbeing of the future lives of children and families.”

She recognises their importance, and has welcomed the increase in investment in that respect. We must ensure that they are fully resourced, but I think that Aileen Campbell is more versed in the named person issue.



Health and Sport Committee 09 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Maureen Watt

We can certainly get you that information.



Health and Sport Committee 09 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Maureen Watt

I was at a meeting of community planning partnerships last week. Roll-out has been patchy, as you say, and some are much further ahead than others. Work is going on between the Government, the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities and the health boards, however, and that is where we are going. It is incumbent on all those bodies to work together to make sure that CPPs are rolled out.



Health and Sport Committee 09 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Maureen Watt

GPs are just one part of the jigsaw and they are obviously an important part of community planning partnerships. Hopefully, the main point of contact will be health visitors, and family nurse partnerships are also key. GPs will have a role but, hopefully, they will not be needed in the front line because we are making sure that people are healthier in their early years. Clearly, though, they have a role.



Health and Sport Committee 09 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Maureen Watt

The Scottish public health observatory today published a report on health inequalities. Although it does not focus only on the early years, it points to the interventions that make a difference to health inequalities.

We need to give health visitors responsibility to make decisions. They know where best to spend their time to make a difference to families who need more help.

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Health and Sport Committee 09 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Maureen Watt

The document “Equally Well: Report of the Ministerial Task Force on Inequalities” sets out clearly that departments should ensure that they do not build inequalities into anything that they do. For example, and as you know, we encourage cross-departmental approaches. The last task force report mentioned the link up project, which was run by Inspiring Scotland and received funding from both justice and health. It looked to enable asset-poor communities to develop and grow. All departments are well aware that they should ensure that they do not build inequalities into their work.

What has been said today and by the panel that gave evidence to you last week is that a lot of inequalities are a result of things that are not in the Scottish Government’s control.

We have noticed that when people receive the living wage, it has helped to reduce inequalities.



Health and Sport Committee 09 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Maureen Watt

To go back to the point about increased provision of childcare, our aim is to increase not only the provision but the quality of childcare and children’s experience of it. For example, they may learn how to read, play and interact, and they may get better nutrition, which all feeds back to the families.

I heard a discussion about breastfeeding on the radio the other morning and the people involved were praising the Scottish approach. We have Elaine Smith to thank for the Breastfeeding etc (Scotland) Act 2005, which was the first legislation of its type in the UK, and one of only a few pieces of legislation in the world that make it an offence to stop a person breastfeeding. Perhaps Claridge’s and other outlets and organisations ought to be aware of that.

Aileen Campbell mentioned the UNICEF UK baby friendly awards. Scotland has increasingly been at the top of the list in those awards, in comparison with every other region of the UK, and we should be proud of what has happened here in relation to breastfeeding.



Health and Sport Committee 09 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Maureen Watt

I cannot guarantee that those are the numbers but I can get back to you on that.



Health and Sport Committee 09 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Maureen Watt

The cuts in numbers are being reversed so that we are recruiting more and taking the need for health visitors into account.



Health and Sport Committee 09 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Maureen Watt

The need for new posts is reflected in the budget lines. For example, funding for new posts is to rise from £6.8 million in 2015-16 to £20 million in 2017-18.

Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

S4M-11901.3 Neil Findlay: Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce—As an amendment to motion S4M-11901
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S4M-11901.1 Mary Scanlon: Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce—As an amendment to motion S4M-11901
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NoDefeated

S4M-11830.2 John Swinney: The Smith Commission—As an amendment to motion S4M-11830 in the name of Ru
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YesCarried

S4M-11830 Ruth Davidson: The Smith Commission—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the Sm
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YesCarried

Amendment 6 moved by Dr Richard Simpson on motion S4M-11826 Maureen Watt: Food (Scotland) Bill—That
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S4M-11825.3 Claire Baker: End of Year Fish Negotiations—As an amendment to motion S4M-11825 in the n
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S4M-11825.2 Jamie McGrigor: End of Year Fish Negotiations—As an amendment to motion S4M-11825 in the
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S4M-11825.1 Tavish Scott: End of Year Fish Negotiations—As an amendment to motion S4M-11825 in the n
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S4M-11825 Richard Lochhead: End of Year Fish Negotiations—That the Parliament welcomes the successfu
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S4M-11763.3 Margaret Burgess: Private Sector Rent Reform—As an amendment to motion S4M-11763 in the
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YesCarried

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Motion S4M-11826: Maureen Watt, Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 08/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11630: Maureen Watt, Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 20/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11555: Maureen Watt, Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 14/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11407: Maureen Watt, Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 03/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11321: Maureen Watt, Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 28/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11258: Maureen Watt, Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 20/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11079: Maureen Watt, Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 02/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11059: Maureen Watt, Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 01/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10794: Maureen Watt, Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 13/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10733: Maureen Watt, Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 05/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4O-03664: Maureen Watt, Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 05/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03599: Maureen Watt, Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 01/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03511: Maureen Watt, Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4T-00786: Maureen Watt, Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 18/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22342: Maureen Watt, Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 12/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03460: Maureen Watt, Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03419: Maureen Watt, Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 18/06/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-21330: Maureen Watt, Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 27/05/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03218: Maureen Watt, Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/05/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03168: Maureen Watt, Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 23/04/2014 Show Full Question >>

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