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Business Bulletin No. 40/2004

Thursday 4 March 2004

Section E : Written questions lodged on 3 March 2004

  

Questions marked with a triangle (Δ) are initiated by the Scottish Executive in order to facilitate the provision of information to the Parliament.

S2W-6677 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how much will be invested in water and sewerage infrastructure in 2003-04.

S2W-6678 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many in-patient and day cases were treated in hospital in each quarter since June 1999 and how many had been waiting as patients (a) on the deferred waiting list and (b) with a guarantee exception code/availability code, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-6679 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) patients and (b) patients with an availability status code were on the waiting list for NHS treatment, broken down by (i) speciality and (ii) length of time on waiting list in (1) June, (2) September and (3) December 2003.

S2W-6680 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many incidences there were of poor performance, as referred to in the consultation document Safer for Patients, Supportive for Professionals, in the NHS in each year for which figures are available and, of these, how many incidences were deliberate or pre-meditated.

S2W-6681 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive on how many occasions External Clinical Assessment Teams have been called in in each year since 1999.

S2W-6682 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on how many doctors who work in Scotland have been reported to the General Medical Council for poor performance in each year since 1999 and the outcome of each reported case.

S2W-6683 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many incidences of poor performance by nurses have been brought to the attention of the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) in each year since 1999 and in how many of these cases the CNO was approached for advice.

S2W-6684 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on how many NHS nurses who work in Scotland have been reported to the Nursing and Midwifery Council for poor performance in each year since 1999 and the outcome of each reported case.

S2W-6685 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on how many cases of poor performance by community pharmacists who work in Scotland have been identified by Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain investigations and the action taken in each case.

S2W-6686 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost would be to it of improving the management of suspected or actual poor performance by NHS health professionals and teams through (a) extending the remit of NHS Quality Improvement Scotland to include such management, (b) extending the remit of the National Clinical Assessment Authority, (c) creating a new special NHS board to deal with such management issues, (d) extending the remit of an existing NHS board to deal with such management issues and (e) contracting a private sector provider to deal with such management issues.

S2W-6687 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the National Clinical Assessment Authority regarding the consultation paper Safer for Patients, Supportive for Professionals.

S2W-6688 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what benefits there are of expanding the role of the National Clinical Assessment Authority to include Scotland, given NHS employers in Scotland's responsibility for the management of suspected or actual poor performance.

S2W-6689 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many services there are for intravenous drug users that provide access 24 hours a day, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-6690 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what resources have been spent on education and advertising for intravenous drug users on the ways in which injecting equipment can become contaminated in the process of drug preparation.

S2W-6691 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any "safe injecting rooms" exist for intravenous drug users and what plans it has to expand or provide this service.

S2W-6692 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people continued to be intravenous drug users whilst receiving methadone treatment in each year since 1999, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-6693 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to ensure that a more strategic approach is taken to involving older people in shaping public services, given the findings set out in Involving Older People: Lessons for Community Planning.

S2W-6694 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what resources have been allocated to reducing negative attitudes towards older people and increasing their expectations of the effectiveness of their involvement in planning public services in each year since 1999.

S2W-6695 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it plans to take to reduce negative attitudes towards older people and increase their expectations of the effectiveness of their involvement in planning public services.

S2W-6696 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that the £6.8 million granted annually for local authority rehabilitation services will not be diverted to other services when such funds are built into the mainstream revenue grant to local authorities.

S2W-6697 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive when its Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning Department will make an announcement on plans after 2005 for the £2.25 million allocated annually to fund the employability services for the drug users' element of the New Futures Fund.

S2W-6698Δ Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made with the establishment of an independent inspectorate for the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.

S2W-6699Δ Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in respect of the prosecution of racially aggravated crime.

S2W-6700 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to provide clear guidelines for developers of hydroelectric schemes and other renewable projects so that their potential can be utilised.

S2W-6701 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cases of livestock theft have been reported in the last two years and in what percentage of cases the culprits have been apprehended.

S2W-6702 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will begin consulting on proposals for the introduction of a national off-peak bus scheme as part of its commitment to concessionary travel.

S2W-6703 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has received any representations in respect of the viability of skills training programmes for the fishing industry.

S2W-6704 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W 15033 by Malcolm Chisholm on 2 May 2001, what level of funding has been allocated for the provision of needle exchange facilities in (a) 2001-02, (b) 2002-03 and (c) 2003-04 to date.

S2W-6705 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps have been taken to increase the number of needles and syringes available for distribution for intravenous drug users, given that one million needles were distributed in Greater Glasgow last year where an estimated seven to 12 million were needed, as referred to in Issue 172 of the Scottish Drugs Forum Bulletin.

S2W-6706 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional funding has been put in place to meet the increasing number of persons with HIV in care, in light of figures recording the highest annual number of new cases of HIV since the mid-1980s, as referred to in issue 172 of the Scottish Drugs Forum Bulletin.

S2W-6707 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-5668 by Lewis Macdonald on 28 January 2004, what support is being given to marine energy research in higher education institutions through the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council.

S2W-6708 Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive what practical measures are being taken by Communities Scotland to assist East Lothian Council in improving their services to homeless people, in light of the recent inspection report on the council.

S2W-6709 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps will be taken to ensure that effective communications are in place for older people with any cognitive impairment and what monitoring is in place to ensure equity of services for such patients, as referred to in Older People in Acute Care National Overview - February 2004.

S2W-6710 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how discharge planning is monitored for older people leaving acute services, as referred to in Older People in Acute Care National Overview - February 2004.

S2W-6711 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to ensure that care is planned for, and provided to, older people to cover situations where it is not possible or safe to provide an out-of-hours service, as referred to in Older People in Acute Care National Overview - February 2004.

S2W-6712 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to ensure that there is thorough and rigorous documentation by NHS boards of patient assessment and progress.

S2W-6713 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any NHS boards do not participate in the Scottish Hip Fracture Audit and, if so, which boards and what steps it is taking to ensure Scotland-wide participation.

S2W-6714Δ Mr Kenneth Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to receive the Phase 3 report of its Higher Education Review.

 

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