12th Meeting, 2001 (Session 1)

Wednesday 25 April 2001



Dorothy-Grace Elder

Janis Hughes

Margaret Jamieson

John McAllion

Shona Robison

Mary Scanlon

Dr Richard Simpson

Mrs Margaret Smith (Convener)


Apologies: Ms Nicola Sturgeon


The meeting opened at 9:40 am

  1. Items in Private: The Committee agreed to take items 5 and 6 in private.
  2. Budget 2002/03: The Committee took evidence from—
  3. The Scottish Executive

  4. Subordinate Legislation: The Committee considered the following negative instruments and determined that it had no recommendation to make—
  5. The National Health Service (Charges for Drugs and Appliances) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/67)

    The National Health Service (Dental Charges) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/69)

    The Miscellaneous Food Additives (Amendment) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/103)

    The Feeding Stuffs (Sampling and Analysis) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/104)

    The National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) Amendment (No2) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/105)

    The National Health Service (General Medical Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2001 (2001/119)

  6. Petitions: The Committee considered the following petitions.
  7. PE320 by John Watson on behalf of World Development Movement on the implications for health policy in Scotland of the World Trade Organisation’s liberalisation of trade in services

    The Committee agreed to seek information on what work is being done elsewhere in the UK.

    PE283 by SORRO (Scottish Organisation Relating to the Retention of Organs) on the practice of organ retention at post-mortem without appropriate parental consent.

    The Committee agreed to seek reactions to the Executive’s initial report and ask the petitioners for their opinion. The final part of the Executive’s report will be published in the autumn, when the Committee will review the petition again.

    Ongoing Petitions

    PE 192 by Mr Alex Doherty on the status of records held by the Mental Welfare Commission.

    The Committee agreed to take no further action on the petition. The issue of mental health records will be revisited when the Committee deals with forthcoming legislation on mental health.

    PE 214 by Mrs Anne Dundas on the Scottish Cardiac Transplant Unit.

    The Committee noted a progress update from the Executive and agreed to take no further action.

    PE 45 and PE 185 by West of Scotland Group of the Haemophilia Society and Thomas McKissock on Haemophilia and Hepatitis C.

    The Committee has invited the Minister for Health and Community Care to give evidence on 23 May.

    PE 145 by Mr Bill Welsh on Vaccinations/Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

    Following the publication of its report on MMR, the Committee agreed to continue the matter awaiting the Executive’s response to the report.

    PE 123 by Warm Homes Campaign on Fuel Poverty.

    The reporter, Dorothy-Grace Elder, will report to the Committee in due course.

    PE 217 by Glenorchy and Innishail Community Council on single General Practitioner.

    The Committee considered this in private under item 5 below.

    PE247 by Epilepsy Association of Scotland on co-ordinated health and social services for people with epilepsy in Scotland.

    The Committee agreed to defer consideration of the petition awaiting further information from the Executive on the implementation of the Acute Services Review findings.

    PE223 by Mr and Mrs A McQuire on Multiple Sclerosis sufferers in Lothian and the prescription of beta interferon.

    The Committee agreed to defer consideration of the petition awaiting the National Institute for Clinical Excellence and the Health Technology Board for Scotland reports on Beta Interferon.

    PE148 Mr William Brian Anderson on exposure to organophosphate chemicals.

    The Committee agreed to take no further action in light of the fact that research has been commissioned by the UK Department of Health and the MAFF.

    The meeting adjourned at 11:45 and continued in private at 11:55.

  8. Petitions (in private): The Committee considered a draft report on petition PE 217 by Glenorchy and Innishail Community Council on Single GP Practices. Various changes were agreed to.
  9. MMR Report (in private): The Committee agreed to continue this matter for further consideration.

The meeting closed at 12:38 pm


Jennifer Smart
Clerk to the Committee