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Business Bulletin 49/2004

Wednesday 17 March 2004

Section G: Bills: Notices and Amendments


New amendments to Bills lodged on 16 March 2004

National Health Service Reform (Scotland) Bill - Stage 2

Section 2

Mr Duncan McNeil

8A As an amendment to amendment 8, line 14, at end insert-

<(d) subject to subsection (2ZA), to prepare and publish annual plans explaining how it intends to exercise the functions referred to in paragraphs (a), (b) and (c) above over the 12 month period before publication of the next plan,

(e) to take reasonable steps to promote awareness of any annual plan published under paragraph (d) above within the district or area that the partnership covers,

(f) to provide a copy of such a plan to any person resident in that district or area who requests the plan, in such format as that person may reasonably request,

(2ZA)An annual plan prepared under subsection (1)(d), above may not be published until it has been approved by the Scottish Ministers and any amendments to it proposed by the Scottish Ministers have been made.>

After section 2

Mr Duncan McNeil

36 After section 2, insert-

<Waiting times

Health Boards' duty to monitor waiting times

In section 12H (duty of quality) of the 1978 Act-

( ) in subsection (1), leave out "purpose of" and insert "purposes of-

(a) monitoring whether it is adhering to guidance on waiting times issued by the Scottish Ministers, and


( ) in subsection (3) at end insert-

""guidance on waiting times" means guidance issued by the Scottish Ministers as to the recommended maximum time any individual should ordinarily have to wait to receive any particular form of health care which the Board or Agency provides to individuals once the Board or Agency become aware or the individual's medical condition; and such guidance shall be issued by way of regulations.">

Section 3

Mr Duncan McNeil

37 In section 3, page 3, line 6, after <to> insert-

<( ) ensuring that any guidance on waiting times issued by the Scottish Ministers under section 12H is met across Scotland, and

( )>

Section 4

Mr Duncan McNeil

38 In section 4, page 3, line 29, at end insert <, or

(iii) to provide the service within the relevant recommended waiting time as provided for in guidance issued under section 12H.

(1B) In coming to a view under subsection (1)(b) above, the Scottish Ministers must have regard to any written representation made by an individual that the body or person has so failed, is so failing or is likely so to fail, and offering reasons.

(1C) If the Scottish Ministers decide, having received a written representation under section (1B) above, not to make a direction under subsection (2) below, they must-

(a) inform the individual who made the representation of their decision in writing; and

(b) in so doing give reasons for the decision.>

Proposals for Members' Bills

Names marked with an asterisk (*) are new names of support. Proposals that have attracted 11 supporters have those supporters' names shown in bold. The member who lodged such a proposal has the right to introduce a Member's Bill to give effect to that proposal under Rule 9.14 of the Standing Orders.

Mark Ballard: Proposed Reform of Council Tax and Business Rates Bill-Proposal for a Bill to reform local taxation by shifting the basis of assessment away from whole-property value onto land value. (lodged 12 March 2004)