Glasgow MSP Expresses Concern at Loss of Senior Clinicians in Scotland

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Glasgow Labour MSP Anne McTaggart has spoken of her dismay at the loss of senior clinicians in the allied health professional workforce in Scotland.

Ms McTaggart voiced her concerns during a debate at the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday 19th June which recognised the important role AHPs play in the NHS.

During the debate, Ms McTaggart highlighted figures from NHS Scotland’s workforce statistics which reveal there has been a 10% reduction in senior clinician posts since 2010. She reiterated the concerns of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy who have stated that this reduction in the number of senior grade roles means that the experience and knowledge of those clinicians will be lost to patients.

She also called for an audit of the 2012 national delivery plan for AHPs in order to identify good practice and provide greater support for AHPs in Scotland. The delivery plan is a significant document, offering important recognition of both the role and the contribution of AHPs in health and social care. It also recognises the potential of those professions to deliver improved services across health and social care.

Speaking in the debate Ms McTaggart said “All of us in the chamber recognise the role and celebrate the valued contribution of allied health professionals in health and social care. They play a vital role in our communities, leading the way to enable people to lead independent lives outside hospital and residential settings.

“It remains essential that the allied health professions are valued for their specific and unique contribution to service provision and to fulfilling the wider aims of health policy in Scotland. However, an audit of the AHP national delivery plan is essential in order to support AHPs by understanding the areas that are most in need, focusing on the performance of self-referral as a primary access route.

“It is vital that we continue to pay tribute to all AHPs for the changes that they are making in delivering new models of care; supporting self-management, innovation and improved outcomes; and enabling independent living. All of those are essential in securing sustainable and affordable health and social care services for the future.”

You can read Ms McTaggart’s speech here.

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Questioning the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport

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Anne McTaggart (Glasgow) (Lab):
To ask the Scottish Government how many general practices have been unable to recruit one or more partners for more than six months. (S4O-04257)

The Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport (Shona Robison):
Numbers of vacancies for GP posts are not held centrally, as that is a matter for individual GP contractors as employers. As part of a move towards better-quality, more regular and more consistent information, preparations to conduct a workforce survey later this year are under way. The aim is to obtain robust and accurate information on the numbers, gender, age profile, working patterns, contractual status and workload of GPs and other staff working in general practices. I encourage all practices in Scotland to assist us in ensuring that the information is as robust as possible by taking part in the survey.

In addition, we are seeking to profile the GP workforce in terms of how it is placed to deliver high-quality services for Scotland’s people in future, whether in hours or out of hours.

Anne McTaggart:
Given the closure of practices to new patients and the growing number of practices that are already having difficulty in recruiting and retaining GPs, and given the British Medical Association survey showing that many GPs are intending to retire and that as many as one in five are considering emigrating, how does the Government plan to recruit between 563 and 915 additional GPs by 2020?

Shona Robison:
As I said in my earlier answers on the subject, there has been an increase in the number of GPs. There has been an increase in investment over recent years, too. However, there is more to be done. There is a current issue of GPs retiring earlier than they would have done due to some changes around the pension contributions, but we absolutely have to consider the model of primary care to ensure that it is not just about GPs themselves but about the wider primary care team and the issues of flexibility, on which I responded in my answer to Nanette Milne.

The issue is also how we make general practice more attractive. At the moment, there are GP training posts that we are not able to fill, because we are not getting the interest from doctors who want to go into general practice in the way that we need. We could expand GP training numbers, but if we have difficulty in filling the posts that we have at the moment, there is a wider issue about how attractive general practice is. We must address that and we must make it a more flexible profession to enter. That will be done not just through independent contractor-based practices, but through the use of salaried GPs where appropriate. I am happy to keep Anne McTaggart up to date on some of those discussions as we take them forward.

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Anne McTaggart MSP on TTIP – “Our Public Services & Democratic Principles Are Not Up For Trade”

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Glasgow Labour MSP Anne McTaggart has voiced her concerns over the proposed new transatlantic trade and investment partnership (TTIP) between the EU and the USA.

Ms McTaggart, Scottish Labour’s Shadow Minister for Europe and International Development and a member of the European and External Relations Committee, was speaking in a debate at the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 29 April.

While acknowledging that TTIP could pave the way for numerous economic benefits for Glasgow and Scotland, Ms McTaggart highlighted concerns that it could undermine the regulation of goods, soften environmental and labour protections, and force privatisation.

She also spoke about the role that the European and External Relations Committee have played in monitoring the progress of TTIP, and repeated her commitment to protect the NHS in any deal.

Speaking in the debate Ms McTaggart said “I share the concerns of the committee, my colleagues in the chamber and my constituents in Glasgow over TTIP. I have signed a pledge to protect the NHS from it and believe that we should support a deal only if it fully protects our public services, particularly the NHS.

“Although the negotiations fall on the reserved powers list and the Scottish Government does not have any formal role in the agreement, it is still essential that the policies set under TTIP are as beneficial to Scotland as they are to the rest of the UK and the EU.

“I hope that the Scottish Government will work alongside the UK Government to call for far greater transparency, ensure that voters’ interests are protected fully and that voters receive the maximum benefits, and address any and all concerns that TTIP may bring.”

You can read Ms McTaggart’s speech here.

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Parliamentary Motions and Questions

Motion S4M-12983: Anne McTaggart, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 1/04/2015

That the Parliament recognises the collaboration between the Burrell Collection and Lyon & Turnbull auction house as a fundraiser for the Burrell Collection for the first time; understands that, on 25 April 2015, donors will be given the opportunity to attend lectures and view artefacts from the Burrell Collection’s substantial collection of Chinese art, as well as have their own possessions valued by the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, and notes that all contributions will help support Glasgow’s museums and the Burrell Collection.

Motion S4M-12895: Anne McTaggart, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 01/04/201

That the Parliament welcomes the announcement that Wizz Air will introduce direct flights in 2015 between Glasgow and both Budapest and the Polish city of Lublin; understands that this will be the first direct Glasgow-Budapest route and that there will be a year round, twice weekly service from 13 June, with the flights to eastern Poland starting on 16 September; believes that the company chose to introduce the Budapest service following a poll in the Hungarian media, in which a majority of participants placed Glasgow at the top of their wish list, and considers that these routes have the potential to generate significant in-bound tourism for Glasgow and will help consolidate Glasgow Airport’s role as a critical gateway to Scotland.

Question S4O-04257: Anne McTaggart, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 20/04/2015

To ask the Scottish Government how many general practices have been unable to recruit one or more partners for more than six months.

Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 29/04/2015

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Anne McTaggart MSP Calls for Stronger Relationship with European Union

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Glasgow Labour MSP Anne McTaggart has welcomed the recent publication of the “Scotland’s Action Plan for EU Engagement” report and argued that Scotland’s best interests lie in remaining part of the EU and maintaining its strong relationship with Europe.

Ms McTaggart, Scottish Labour’s Shadow Minister for Europe & International Development, made her remarks during a debate at the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 23rd April.

The report, published by the Scottish Government, outlines how the European and External Relations Committee, which Ms McTaggart is a member of, and other committees at the Parliament have engaged on European issues over the past year and sets out the priorities for EU engagement in the coming year.

Ms McTaggart argued that that maintaining Scotland’s strong relationship with the EU is essential and that the scrutiny and engagement of EU policy by the European and External Relations Committee is a vital part of this process.

Speaking in the debate Ms McTaggart said “Scotland’s place in the EU has led the way to prosperity, sustainability and security throughout the country for more than four decades and that will only increase as our relationship grows stronger.

“The mutually beneficial relationship that Scotland and the European Union share is essential for both parties. Within that relationship, Scotland aims to influence key EU policies to meet our country’s best interests.

“There is no doubt that Scotland is an essential part of the European Union and that the European Union is an essential part of Scotland. To maintain the best possible relationship, it is necessary that the Scottish Government continues its efforts to best engage with and monitor the policies that the EU sets forth. That will ensure that Scotland continues to thrive as much as possible as part of the European Union.”

You can read Ms McTaggart’s speech here.

 

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Anne McTaggart MSP Celebrates Scotland’s Cultural and Creative Attractions

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Glasgow Labour MSP Anne McTaggart has praised Scotland’s cultural and creative attractions and welcomed the Scottish Parliament’s on-going commitment to their continued success.

Ms McTaggart was speaking in a debate at the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday 21st April on the contribution of culture, visitor attractions and events to Scotland’s economy and society.

She highlighted 2014 as a great year for Art and Culture in Scotland, made possible by events such as Big Big Sing, the World Pipe Band Championships and the Edinburgh Festival which saw record attendance and box office sales.

Speaking in the debate, Ms McTaggart said: “It’s fantastic to have the opportunity to discuss the huge contribution that Scotland’s cultural and creative attractions make to our society, our economy and our diversity as a nation.

“The world’s eyes are always on Scotland’s cultural sector, as time and again it punches well above its weight in the world. This year promises to be no different.

“From the world of music, we have already had the amazing Celtic Connections festival, which, once again, showed why Scotland’s bands are among the most influential in the world. In Glasgow, we again welcome back to Glasgow Green the world pipe band championships, with more than 300 live performances.

“2014 was indeed a momentous year for culture in Scotland and there are promising signs to suggest that this was no fluke. Let us ensure that 2014 is the rule rather than the exception and that, with our continued support in this Parliament, Scotland continues to flourish creatively and culturally.”

You can read Anne McTaggart’s speech here.

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