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HEALTH AND COMMUNITY CARE COMMITTEE

MINUTES

18th Meeting, 2001 (Session 1)

Wednesday 27 June 2001

  

Present:

Dorothy-Grace Elder

Margaret Jamieson (Deputy Convener)

John McAllion

Shona Robison

Mary Scanlon

Dr Richard Simpson

Mrs Margaret Smith (Convener)

 

Also present: Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care, Malcolm Chisholm and Jamie McGrigor.

Apologies were received from Nicola Sturgeon.

The meeting opened at 9:31 am

  1. Items in private: The Committee agreed to take items 6 to 9 in private
  2. Time limit on debates: The Committee agreed to limit debate on emergency affirmative SSIs to 15 minutes.
  3. Subordinate Legislation: The Committee considered the following negative instrument—
  4. The Sweetners in Food Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/212)

    and determined that it had no recommendations to make.

    The Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care moved the motion: That the Health and Community Care Committee recommends that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (No.2) (Scotland) Order 2001 be approved.

    The Committee agreed the motion.

    The Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care moved the motion: That the Health and Community Care Committee recommends that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (Scotland) Order 2001 be approved.

    The Committee agreed the motion.

  5. Petitions: The Committee considered the following petitions.
  6. PE 279 by the Kirkcaldy Area Abuse Survivors Project on the funding of a network of agencies for the survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

    The Committee noted and agreed to take no further action on the petition, which had been referred by the Public Petitions Committee for information.

    PE 354 by Councillor Charles Kennedy on Stobhill General Hospital.

    The Committee noted the petition, which had been referred by the Public Petitions Committee for information and agreed that it wished to be kept informed of progress in this matter.

    PE 367 by Eric Drummond on sleep apnoea sufferers.

    The Committee noted the petition and agreed to pass its concerns regarding the present system for funding for small disease groups to the Public Petitions Committee, which had been referred by the Public Petitions Committee for information.

    Ongoing Petitions

    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 appoint John McAllion as reporter.

    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 had requested reactions to the Executive’s initial report. Responses are still awaited. The Committee agreed to continue the item.

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

    The Committee considered this in private under item 7 below.

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

    The Committee agreed to continue to await a response from the Scottish Executive before considering this matter further. The Committee also agreed to write to the Executive to raise the matter of late responses to Committee reports.

    PE 123 by Warm Homes Campaign on Fuel Poverty.

    The Committee considered this in private under item 6 below.

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

    The Committee considered this in private under item 8 below.

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

    The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Executive to ask them what service standards they intend to set in relation to epilepsy sufferers in the context of their Performance Assessment Framework.

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

    The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Executive to confirm the timetable for a report on beta interferon by, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE).

  7. Contacts: The Committee considered a report on contacts from outside organisations and agreed various actions.
  8. The meeting adjourned at 10:26 and continued in private at 10:37

  9. Petition PE 123 by the Warm Homes Campaign on Fuel Poverty: The Committee agreed to consider the draft report at a later meeting.
  10. Petitions PE 185 and 45 on Haemophilia and Hepatitis C: The Committee considered the draft report and agreed to investigate key issues further before concluding its report.
  11. Report on Petition PE 217 on Single GP Practices: The Committee agreed the draft report.
  12. Legislation arising from the Scottish Executive's consultation paper "Better Care - for all our futures": The Committee considered a list of possible witnesses and agreed to contact possible witnesses over recess.

The meeting closed at 12:28pm

 

Jennifer Smart
Clerk to the Committee

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