Nanette Milne MSP

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Nanette Milne MSP

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  • Member for: North East Scotland
  • Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

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Meeting of the Parliament 28 January 2015 Business until 14:41 : Wednesday, January 28, 2015
13. Nanette Milne (North East Scotland) (Con)

To ask the Scottish Government what educational principles will underpin the higher education governance bill. (S4O-03953)



Meeting of the Parliament 28 January 2015 Business until 14:41 : Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Nanette Milne

The cabinet secretary will be aware of the many concerns that are being expressed about the potential loss of the traditions and autonomy that have underpinned Scotland’s ancient universities. What added value will the proposed changes to their governance bring to universities—including the University of Aberdeen—that have been rated as world leaders in the recent research excellence framework assessment of the impact of their research outputs on society, business and culture? Does the cabinet secretary agree that, far from strengthening the sector’s effectiveness, the proposals on university governance could actually compromise the performance of Scotland’s universities?



Health and Sport Committee 27 January 2015 : Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Nanette Milne (North East Scotland) (Con)

I am an MSP for North East Scotland.



Health and Sport Committee 27 January 2015 : Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Nanette Milne

I have found the whole discussion extremely interesting. What about people such as those in the terminal stages of motor neurone disease or multiple sclerosis who are totally and utterly incapacitated and who can do absolutely nothing for themselves? Let us suppose that this bill becomes the law of the land. I would be interested in people’s comment on the role of facilitators, the very fine line between assisted suicide and euthanasia, and the impact that there could be on facilitators in particular but other people as well.



Health and Sport Committee 27 January 2015 : Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Nanette Milne

I am an MSP for North East Scotland



Meeting of the Parliament 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
Nanette Milne (North East Scotland) (Con)

This has been a worthwhile debate. It is a good time to take stock of progress as we are just about halfway between the Government’s announcement of its 2020 vision for the NHS in Scotland and the year when it is hoped that that goal will be achieved, with everyone able to live longer, healthier lives at home or in a homely setting.

We echo the cabinet secretary’s praise of our hard-working NHS staff who, at times, work under great pressure to look after the patients in their care.

I am pleased that there is political consensus around the aspirations of the 2020 vision and cross-party commitment to a publicly owned, funded and managed Scottish health service that is free at the point of need. The overarching agreement between political parties—quite well hidden in parts of the debate—is extremely important, not least because it sends out a clear signal to all stakeholders that, to achieve the best outcome for patients and to achieve a sustainable health and social care system, there must be an end to silo thinking and professional barriers, and a framework of co-operation between healthcare providers at all levels and local authorities and organisations in the third and independent sectors that provide social care, with the recipients of care and their carers at the very heart of planning their care pathway.

Joan McAlpine dealt in depth with the important contribution that is made by the third sector to caring for and supporting people in our communities. I agree that that is a crucial part of a successful integrated system.

Yesterday, Richard Simpson, Jackson Carlaw and I attended a very interesting seminar on the next steps for primary care in Scotland. There was a broad spectrum of speakers, including GPs from affluent and deep-end practices, nurses, care sector providers and the Government. Although significant progress was acknowledged towards the 2020 vision, there is undoubtedly a great deal to be done to cope with the growing demands of an ageing population with increasing levels of comorbidity and to achieve people experiencing seamless care from their earliest years right through to the end of life.

There was also an acknowledgement that primary care should be the hub of an integrated system of health and social care, at the heart of a network of readily available local services such as pharmacy, optometry, dentistry, physiotherapy, podiatry and other allied health professional provision. That concept is already seen in many of the newly built primary care centres in Scotland and is very much in the users’ interests. The ready availability in these centres of nurse practitioners and health visitors and the link to telehealth provision for housebound people can give very necessary local support to patients who are self-managing their complex and long-term health conditions and, in turn, prevent the need for hospital admission.

However, to attract doctors into primary care and retain them, as we have heard this afternoon, the RCGP and the BMA have rightly emphasised that the share of NHS funding for primary care has to be adequate and commensurate with the service that it provides, which is not yet the case. There is also strong feeling that GPs’ professional contribution to patients is being undermined by an excessive administrative and bureaucratic burden. Those are issues that the cabinet secretary will have to address in early course in her pursuit of the 2020 vision for health if general practice is again to become an attractive career option for young medical graduates.

The pressures that are currently facing the NHS have been well aired in the chamber since the start of the year, from the intractability of health inequalities to the enormous demands on GPs and on A and E services—the latter issue, of course, has been exacerbated by the barriers to patient flow through the hospital system caused by a lack of appropriate care within the community. That has occurred close to home for me as a North East Scotland member, as has been highlighted by several other members from the area that is covered by NHS Grampian.

The Government’s announcement this week of a three-year, £100 million funding package to help deal with delayed discharge is, of course, welcome. How that funding will be deployed is clearly very important. I note the cabinet secretary’s indication that it will go towards community support to allow patients to be discharged within 72 hours of being declared fit for return to the community, which would be a major improvement. However, I was struck yesterday by a comment from Ranald Mair of Scottish Care, who suggested that the funding should go towards community support to keep people out of hospital in the first place—that is the other side of the same coin and is worthy of consideration. Mr Mair also made the case for initiatives such as community paediatricians—sorry, I mean the other end: community geriatricians—and models such as hospital at home and virtual wards.

The RCN has been vociferous—not least in its briefing for today’s debate—about the increasing pressures on nurses, many of whom feel that they are too busy to provide the level of care that they would like. The need for more NHS nurses has been accepted, certainly by us and by the Labour Party. We are both committed to providing a further 1,000 nurses, although we totally disagree about how they should be funded, which absolutely precludes our support for the Labour amendment.

Scottish Conservatives have also long pressed for more general practice-based health visitors and we were pleased when the previous health secretary heeded our calls and announced provision for another 500 health visitors. In his opening speech, Jackson Carlaw proposed developing a universal health visitor service up to the age of seven, which of course I support, and flagged up for discussion several other radical ideas for improving health provision, going well beyond 2020. We are pleased that the cabinet secretary is of the same mind and we look forward to working with the Government’s health team and others in planning for the future well beyond the next five years.



Meeting of the Parliament 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
Nanette Milne

Yes, indeed. As we have heard in the Health and Sport Committee, they have been doing a particularly good job and I welcome that.

One particular omission from the 2020 vision has been raised by Marie Curie Cancer Care—the lack of any mention of palliative care, an area that was acknowledged at yesterday’s event as being an important part of the patient pathway. Although the focus is rightly on keeping people well and in the community for as long as possible, with an increasingly ageing population with complex comorbidities, thought should be given to the approaching end of life, even if it may be several years away. Marie Curie Cancer Care points out that, although palliative care services are reasonable and increasingly available for those with malignant conditions, little provision is made for terminally ill people with non-malignant conditions. Also, if they do access palliative care, it is usually very close to the end of life. That is why it wanted to have palliative care included in the 2020 vision.

There are many aspects of care to be addressed in achieving the 2020 vision, so we can only scratch the surface in this debate. I commend the work of all those who have achieved so much so far, and I emphasise the need for partnership and co-operation between all service providers and the people they serve, as well as the need for politicians of all colours to make a concerted effort to support the achievement of the very worthy 2020 vision for health and social care in Scotland.

16:40  

Health and Sport Committee 20 January 2015 : Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Nanette Milne (North East Scotland) (Con)

I am an MSP for North East Scotland.



Health and Sport Committee 20 January 2015 : Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Nanette Milne

Professor Jones touched on the fact that we are not talking only about doctors. Depending on the setting, we are talking about nurses and pharmacists as well. The pharmacist who came to last week’s meeting felt strongly that the bill should contain a conscience clause as far as pharmacy is concerned. I know that there are forms of suicide other than suicide by drug use, but I presume that pharmacists would be involved in providing the means for suicide in the vast majority of cases.



Health and Sport Committee 20 January 2015 : Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Nanette Milne

Last week, it was pointed out that there is a fine line to be drawn between assistance and euthanasia. The bill does not provide a clear definition of a licensed facilitator’s role. Does anyone wish to comment on that?

Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

S4M-12154.1 Lewis Macdonald: Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) – Supporting Indivi
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NoDefeated

S4M-12120.1 Jenny Marra: 2020 Vision, the Strategic Forward Direction of the NHS—As an amendment to
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NoDefeated

S4M-12101 John Swinney: Budget (Scotland) (No.4) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general prin
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AbstainCarried

S4M-12095.4 Ken Macintosh: Tackling Inequalities—As an amendment to motion S4M-12095 in the name of
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NoDefeated

S4M-12095.2 Alex Johnstone: Tackling Inequalities—As an amendment to motion S4M-12095 in the name of
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YesDefeated

S4M-12095.1 Willie Rennie: Tackling Inequalities—As an amendment to motion S4M-12095 in the name of
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YesDefeated

S4M-12095 Alex Neil: Tackling Inequalities—That the Parliament agrees that a strong, sustainable eco
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NoCarried

Selection of John Pentland MSP for appointment to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body.
YesCarried

S4M-12060.2 Hugh Henry: Commending the People who Keep Scotland Safe in Emergencies—As an amendment
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NoDefeated

S4M-12045.3 Shona Robison: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to motion S4M-12045 in the name of Rich
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AbstainCarried

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Motion S4M-11766.2: Nanette Milne, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 02/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11462: Nanette Milne, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 06/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10257.2: Nanette Milne, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 09/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09446.2: Nanette Milne, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 24/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09430: Nanette Milne, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 20/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08752.2: Nanette Milne, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 14/01/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-07718.1: Nanette Milne, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 19/09/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-07599: Nanette Milne, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 05/09/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-07419: Nanette Milne, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 09/08/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-06713: Nanette Milne, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 22/05/2013 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4O-03985: Nanette Milne, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 26/01/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-24159: Nanette Milne, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 23/01/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-24116: Nanette Milne, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 21/01/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-24117: Nanette Milne, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 21/01/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03953: Nanette Milne, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 19/01/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03877: Nanette Milne, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 15/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23531: Nanette Milne, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 04/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23530: Nanette Milne, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 04/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23499: Nanette Milne, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 02/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23500: Nanette Milne, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 02/12/2014 Show Full Question >>

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