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Parliamentary questions can be asked by any MSP to the Scottish Government or the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body. The questions provide a means for MSPs to get factual and statistical information.

  • Written questions must be answered within 10 working days (20 working days during recess)
  • Other questions such as Topical, Portfolio, General and First Minister's Question Times are taken in the Chamber

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Dates of parliamentary sessions
  1. Session 1: 12 May 1999 to 31 March 2003
  2. Session 2: 7 May 2003 to 2 April 2007
  3. Session 3: 9 May 2007 to 22 March 2011
  4. Session 4: 11 May 2011 to 23 March 2016
  5. Session 5: 12 May 2016 to 5 May 2021
  6. Current session: 12 May 2021 to 7 June 2023
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Question reference: S6W-18040

  • Asked by: Tess White, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 17 May 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Maree Todd on 2 June 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the findings in the Maternal Mental Health Alliance report, Specialist perinatal mental health care in the UK 2023, that (a) six NHS boards predicted that there would be an underspend in their perinatal mental health budgets for 2022-23 due to recruitment issues and (b) 92% of NHS boards in Scotland reported underspends in their perinatal mental health budgets between 2020 and 2022.

Question reference: S6W-18041

  • Asked by: Tess White, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 17 May 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Maree Todd on 2 June 2023

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-11581 by Kevin Stewart on 28 October 2022, when it will announce the next steps for the continued development and implementation of perinatal and infant mental health services, further to the disbanding of the Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Programme Board in March 2023.

Question reference: S6W-18061

  • Asked by: Tess White, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 23 May 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 2 June 2023

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-17633 by Michael Matheson on 15 May 2023, for what reason it is unable to provide a specific planned publication date for its new cancer strategy, and whether it will provide an estimated timescale for publication.

Question reference: S6W-17738

  • Asked by: Tess White, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 22 May 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 1 June 2023

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-17148 by Michael Matheson on 2 May 2023, whether it has since become aware of any shortages of radionuclide for bone scans in NHS boards, including NHS Tayside, which have reportedly affected prostate cancer patients who require such scans to check whether their cancer has spread to their bones, and, if so, how it is addressing any such shortages.

Question reference: S6W-18060

  • Asked by: Tess White, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 18 May 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 1 June 2023

To ask the Scottish Government when data on pancreatic cancer survival rates will next be published, in light of the last available data being published in 2019.

Question reference: S6W-18059

  • Asked by: Tess White, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 18 May 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 1 June 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on recruitment and staffing at the NHS Tayside breast oncology service.

Question reference: S6W-18058

  • Asked by: Tess White, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 18 May 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 31 May 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to increase the number of nursing students, in light of the reported statement by the Royal College of Nursing that 600 fewer nursing students started university in autumn 2022 than the Scottish Government's recommended target of 4,536.

Question reference: S6W-18057

  • Asked by: Tess White, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 18 May 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 31 May 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the implementation of the Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Act 2019.

Question reference: S6W-18044

  • Asked by: Tess White, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 17 May 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 31 May 2023

To ask the Scottish Government for what reason it is reportedly not possible to currently (a) train in paediatric palliative medicine and (b) study for a community children's nursing (CCN) qualification in Scotland.

Question reference: S6W-18045

  • Asked by: Tess White, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 17 May 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 31 May 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide a breakdown of any hospital wards or units that have (a) closed and (b) been downgraded in each of the last five years.