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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 17 April 2024
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Question reference: S6W-26692

  • Asked by: Carol Mochan, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 16 April 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 30 April 2024

To ask the Scottish Government how often it has met with Professor Marmot in the last three years; what was discussed, and what action it has taken following any such meetings.

Question reference: S6W-26737

  • Asked by: Carol Mochan, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Monday, 08 April 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenni Minto on 15 April 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-08992 by Humza Yousaf on 17 June 2022, what it has done to support NHS boards to test the introduction of models of care for long COVID, and how this has benefitted the management of other long-term and complex conditions, including Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME).

Question reference: S6W-26579

  • Asked by: Carol Mochan, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 28 March 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenni Minto on 15 April 2024

To ask the Scottish Government how many practitioners have been trained to be cervical screening sample takers in each of the last five years.

Question reference: S6W-26578

  • Asked by: Carol Mochan, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 28 March 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenni Minto on 15 April 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what progress it has made towards introducing self-sampling as part of the cervical screening programme.

Question reference: S6W-26234

  • Asked by: Carol Mochan, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Monday, 18 March 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Maree Todd on 15 April 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what advances in training on perinatal mental health have been made following the recommendations made in the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee's 1st Report, 2022 (Session 6), Inquiry into perinatal mental health (SP Paper 104), which was published on 8 February 2022.

Question reference: S6W-26227

  • Asked by: Carol Mochan, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Monday, 18 March 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Maree Todd on 15 April 2024

To ask the Scottish Government when it last met with representatives from the care home sector; what matters were discussed, and what actions it has agreed to undertake in supporting this sector.

Question reference: S6W-26237

  • Asked by: Carol Mochan, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Monday, 18 March 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Maree Todd on 15 April 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the recommendation in the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee's 1st Report, 2022 (Session 6), Inquiry into perinatal mental health, which was published on 8 February 2022, whether it has established a comprehensive strategy to improve communication, collaboration, co-operation and exchanges of best practice between third sector and statutory perinatal mental health support to make sure that women and families are appropriately and adequately supported.

Question reference: S6W-26226

  • Asked by: Carol Mochan, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Monday, 18 March 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Maree Todd on 15 April 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on what action it has taken to develop the role of social prescribing, and whether it has given any consideration to appointing a national lead for this.

Question reference: S6W-26236

  • Asked by: Carol Mochan, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Monday, 18 March 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Maree Todd on 15 April 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what work it has undertaken to ensure that primary care staff have appropriate training so that they are able to adequately signpost mothers and families towards appropriate third sector provision of perinatal mental health services.

Question reference: S6W-26339

  • Asked by: Carol Mochan, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 21 March 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenni Minto on 9 April 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what advances have been made in optometry services within primary care in the last five years, and what funding arrangements are in place to support at-home diagnostic and treatment services.