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HC/01/20/M

 

HEALTH AND COMMUNITY CARE COMMITTEE

MINUTES

20th Meeting, Year (2001)

Wednesday 19 September 2001

 
 

Present:

Dorothy-Grace Elder

Janis Hughes

Margaret Jamieson (Deputy Convener)

John McAllion

Shona Robison

Mary Scanlon

Dr Richard Simpson

Mrs Margaret Smith (Convener)

Nicola Sturgeon

 

 

 

The meeting opened at 9:33 am.

 

 

Dr Richard Simpson declared an interest as director of a nursing home in England.Margaret Jamieson declared an interest as a member of UNISON.

  1. Items in Private: The Committee agreed to take items 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 in private, and that any of these items carried forward to a future meeting should be considered in private.

  2. Time limit on debates: The Committee agreed to limit debate on emergency affirmative SSIs to 15 minutes.

  3. Subordinate Legislation:

  4. The Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care moved the motion: that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.5) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/295) be approved.The Committee agreed the motion.The Committee considered the following negative instrument and took evidence from Colin Forsyth and Carloyn Ferguson of the Food Standards Agency. The Committee determined that it had no recommendation to make—The Specified Risk Material Amendment (No. 3) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/288)The Committee considered the following negative instruments and took evidence from Liz Lewis of the Scottish Executive. The Committee determined that it had no recommendation to make—The Nursing Homes Registration (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/215)The Nurse Agencies (Increase of Licence Fees) (Scotland) Reegulations 2001 (SSI 2001/216)

  5. Petitions: The Committee considered the following petitions:

  6. PE 370 Lydia Reid on behalf of Scottish Parents for a Public Enquiry into Organ Retention.The Committee agreed to notify the petition to the Executive review group chaired by Professor McLean, clarify when the group would be reporting, and await the publication of the group’s report. PE 374 Dr Steve Gilbert calling for the Scottish Parliament to redress the under-funding of Chronic Pain Management Services.The Committee agreed to await the Scottish Executive’s second response to the Petitions Committee and also to write to the Scottish Executive seeking clarification on certain points related to the petition. PE 381 Mr Thomas Campbell on behalf of TGWU and UNISON calling for the Scottish Parliament to examine the Scottish Ambulance Service’s proposals to close five of its eight Scottish Operations rooms.The Committee agreed to note the petition and await the outcome of discussions between the Scottish Executive and the Scottish Ambulance Service. The Committee agreed to ask the petitioners for their response to the outcome of those discussions.PE 320 John Watson on behalf of World Development Movement calling for the Committee to examine the possible implications for health policy in Scotland of the World Trade Organisation’s liberalisation of trade in services.The Committee considered this petition under item 7 below.PE 283 Scottish Organisation Relating to the Retention of Organs calling for the Scottish Parliament to initiate a public inquiry into the practice of organ retention at post-mortem without appropriate parental consent.The Committee agreed to appoint Dr Richard Simpson as Reporter on organ transplantation and donation. A report will be considered at a later date.PE 45 and PE 185 West of Scotland Group of the Haemophilia Society and Thomas McKissock on Haemophilia and Hepatitis C.The Committee considered this petition under item 6 below.PE 145 Mr Bill Welsh on Vaccinations / Autistic Spectrum DisorderThe Committee agreed to seek clarification on whether the Scottish Executive’s response to the Convener’s letter adequately addressed issues raised by the Committee.PE 123 Warm Homes Campaign on Fuel PovertyThe Committee considered this petition under item 8 below.PE 247 Epilepsy Association of Scotland calling for the Scottish Parliament to ensure that there are co-ordinated health and social services that will benefit the 30,000 people in Scotland with epilepsy.The Committee agreed to await clarification from the Executive as to the provision of services to epilepsy sufferers in the light of the Performance Assessment Framework.PE 223 Mr and Mrs A McQuire calling for the Scottish Parliament to ensure that multiple sclerosis sufferers in Lothian are not denied the opportunity to be prescribed Beta Interferon.The Committee agreed to obtain a copy of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence’s consultation paper and to reconsider the petition once NICE’s report is published.PE 354 Councillor Charles Kennedy calling for the Scottish Parliament to take a view on the proposals to remove acute medical and surgical services at Stobhill General Hospital and take whatever further action is appropriate.The Committee noted the petition.PE 367 Mr Eric Drummond calling for the Scottish Parliament to ensure that adequate and equal services for the diagnosis and treatment of those suffering from sleep apnoea are available throughout Scotland.The Committee noted the petition.The meeting was adjourned at 10:42 am and reconvened in private at 10:52 am.

  7. Annual Report (in private): The Committee agreed its annual report.

  8. Petitions PE 185 and 45 on Haemophilia and Hepatitis C (in private): The Committee considered a draft report. A revised draft report will be considered at the next meeting.

  9. Petition PE 320 by John Watson on behalf of World Development Movement (in private): The Committee agreed to consider a draft report at the next meeting.

  10. Petition PE 123 by the Warm Homes Campaign on Fuel Poverty (in private): The Committee agreed to consider a draft report at the next meeting.

  11. Forward Work Plan (in private): The Committee considered its forward work plan.

 

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The meeting closed at 12:20 pm.

Jennifer Smart
Clerk to the Committee



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