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HC/01/29/M

 

HEALTH AND COMMUNITY CARE COMMITTEE

MINUTES

29th Meeting, 2001 (Session 1)

Wednesday 28 November 2001

 
 

Present:

Dorothy-Grace Elder

Janis Hughes

Margaret Jamieson (Deputy Convener)

John McAllion

Shona Robison

Mary Scanlon

Mrs Margaret Smith (Convener)

 

Apologies were received from Dr Richard Simpson and Nicola Sturgeon

 

The meeting opened at 9.32 am.

 

1. Items in private: The Committee agreed to take items 5 and 6 in private.

2. Time limit on debates: The Committee agreed not to debate the emergency affirmative SSI.

3. Subordinate Legislation:

The Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care moved the motion: that the The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 13) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/425) be approved.

The Committee agreed the motion.

The Committee considered the following negative instrument and had no recommendation to make—

The Colours in Food Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2001, (SSI 2001/422)

4. Petitions: The Committee considered the following petitions:

PE407: Action Group for Chalmers Hospital

The Committee agreed to take no further action unless and until the Public Petitions Committee (PPC) formally refers the petition to the Health and Community Care Committee.

PE406: Margaret Doig on post-mortem removal of organs

The Committee agreed to defer this petition to next meeting to allow members to consider the Report of the Independent Review Group on Retention of Organs at Post-Mortem.

PE276: Elizabeth Girling on behalf of Lothian Allergy Support Action Group

The Committee agreed to take no further action unless and until the Public Petitions Committee (PPC) formally refers the petition to the Health and Community Care Committee.

PE349: Mr Thomas Stevenson on cancer rates in East Lothian

The Committee agreed to take no further action on this petition.

PE327: Duncan Hope on behalf of Blairingone and Saline Action Group

The Committee agreed to take no further action on this petition.

PE 398: Helen McDade on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

The Committee agreed to seek further information on the work being carried out by the CMO in England and Wales and revisit the petition at a future meeting.

PE370: Lydia Reid on behalf of The Guardian Angels (formally Scottish Parents for a Public Enquiry into Organ Retention).

The Committee agreed to defer this petition to next meeting to allow members to consider the Report of the Independent Review Group on Retention of Organs at Post-Mortem.

PE 374: Dr Steve Gilbert on Chronic Pain Management Services

The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Executive to get further clarification of its position in relation to funding of Chronic Pain services and management and information on waiting times for Chronic Pain treatment.

PE 381: Mr Thomas Campbell on behalf of TGWU and UNISON

The Committee agreed to note the petition and continue to monitor the situation.

PE320: John Watson on behalf of the World Development Movement

The Committee considered a draft report at Item 5.

PE283: SORRO (Scottish Organisation Relating to the Retention of Organs)

The Committee agreed to defer this petition to next meeting to allow members to consider the Report of the Independent Review Group on Retention of Organs at Post-Mortem.

PE123: Warm Homes Campaign on Fuel Poverty

The Committee agreed to consider the draft reporters’ report at a future meeting.

PE247: Epilepsy Association of Scotland

The Committee agreed to note the petition and to seek the views of the petitioners in light of responses from the Executive.

PE223: Mr and Mrs A McQuire on Multiple Sclerosis

The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Executive to establish the current position of Beta Inferon trials and a timescale for introduction of these trials.

PE367: Mr Eric Drummond on Sleep Apnoea

The Committee agreed to note the petition and await the result of further consideration by the Public Petitions Committee.

The Committee adjourned from 10.12 am to 10.19 am

5. Petition PE 320 by John Watson on behalf of World Development Movement (in private): The Committee considered a draft report and agreed to seek the views of the European Committee in relation to issues raised in the report.

6. External Research (in private): The Committee considered a paper on potential topics for external research. The Committee agreed to prepare a proposal for the commissioning of external research on public health issues.

 

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The meeting closed at 10.56 am.

Jennifer Smart
Clerk to the Committee



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