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Meeting of the Parliament 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
6. Murdo Fraser (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Con)

To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government is doing to tackle overcrowding and understaffing in accident and emergency departments. (S4F-02325)



Meeting of the Parliament 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
Murdo Fraser

I thank the First Minister for his response and reassure him that Mr Andy Kerr is nothing to do with me.

Following on from the comments on Monday of Dr Martin McKechnie—who is the new chair of the College of Emergency Medicine—that A and E departments were dangerously overcrowded and struggling with fewer doctors, and those of the medical director of NHS Grampian, who said last week in the Parliament that Scotland had fallen behind the rest of the world on incentives to keep medical practitioners, what is the Scottish Government doing to ensure that doctors working in A and E are retained and what is it doing now to ensure that those departments are adequately staffed?



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
The Convener (Murdo Fraser)

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the 23rd meeting in 2014 of the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee. I welcome members, the minister and his officials, and those who have joined us in the gallery, and I remind everyone to turn off mobile phones and other electronic devices, or at least to switch them to silent. We have received apologies from Margaret McDougall MSP.

Are members content to take agenda item 7 in private?

Members indicated agreement.



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
The Convener

Agenda item 2 is consideration of a legislative consent memorandum on the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill. The LCM will be introduced by Fergus Ewing, the Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, who is joined by the following colleagues: David McPhee, who is head of the business and energy unit in the office of the chief economic adviser; Neil MacLeod, who is a principal legal officer in the solicitors constitutional and civil law division; Chris Boyland, who is the head of strategic reform at the Accountant in Bankruptcy; and Elaine Drennan, who is the head of employability, skills and lifelong learning analysis in educational analytical services. I welcome you all to the meeting.

Minister, would you like to make some introductory remarks?



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
The Convener

Thank you, minister. Do members have any questions for the minister?



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
The Convener

It all seems to be relatively uncontroversial; the bill will make a number of sensible reforms.

Is the committee minded to recommend that Parliament give its consent to the provisions of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill, as set out in the LCM?

Members indicated agreement.



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
The Convener

Are members also happy to delegate to the convener and clerk to the committee the production and publication of a short factual report detailing the committee’s consideration?

Members indicated agreement.



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
The Convener

We will have a very short suspension while we change officials for agenda item 3.

09:15 Meeting suspended.  09:15 On resuming—  

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
The Convener

We move to item 3. The minister has been joined by Claire Orr, who is the executive director of policy and compliance at the Accountant in Bankruptcy. Chris Boyland is still with us, and we are also joined by Graham Fisher from the Scottish Government legal directorate.

We have a raft of subordinate legislation to consider. As the minister will be aware, we have four instruments that are subject to affirmative procedure to consider, and later we will consider three instruments that are subject to negative procedure. I invite the minister to introduce and speak to the instruments.



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
The Convener

Before members ask about detailed issues, I will pick up on your general observation about consultation. The committee has had submissions from ICAS, R3, the Law Society of Scotland and StepChange Debt Charity Scotland. They all have a common theme, which is concern about the rapid process for producing the instruments and the lack of proper consultation on the detail.

All the submissions make similar points about the manner in which consultation was conducted. Stakeholder events were held, but it was felt that, even when stakeholder opinions had general support, those opinions were not reflected in the regulations as they are finally drafted. Detailed concerns about some of the measures remain. I heard what you said, but do you appreciate that stakeholders have quite a lot of concern about the manner in which the instruments have been produced?

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S4M-11123 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament
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S4M-11114.2 Kenny MacAskill: Policing—As an amendment to motion S4M-11114 in the name of Graeme Pear
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S4M-11114 Graeme Pearson: Policing—That the Parliament acknowledges that policing in Scotland contin
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S4M-11116.1.1 Patrick Harvie: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to amendment S4M-11116.1 in the name
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S4M-11116.1 Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to motion S4M-11116 in the name of Jo
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S4M-11116 Johann Lamont: Scotland’s Future—That the Parliament recognises the result of the independ
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Amendment 61 moved by Elaine Murray on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland) Bi
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Amendment 62 moved by Margaret Mitchell on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland
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Amendment 63 moved by Margaret Mitchell on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland
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Amendment 64 moved by Margaret Mitchell on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland
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Motion S4M-10744: Murdo Fraser, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 06/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10712.2: Murdo Fraser, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 04/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10720: Murdo Fraser, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 04/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10456: Murdo Fraser, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 24/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10318: Murdo Fraser, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 12/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10214.3: Murdo Fraser, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 04/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10141: Murdo Fraser, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 27/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10032: Murdo Fraser, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 12/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10026: Murdo Fraser, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 12/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09927.2: Murdo Fraser, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 06/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4W-22799: Murdo Fraser, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 08/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02325: Murdo Fraser, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 06/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22673: Murdo Fraser, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 02/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22600: Murdo Fraser, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 25/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22599: Murdo Fraser, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 25/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02290: Murdo Fraser, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 22/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03524: Murdo Fraser, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 15/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22448: Murdo Fraser, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 21/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4T-00779: Murdo Fraser, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 18/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22207: Murdo Fraser, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 28/07/2014 Show Full Question >>

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