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Written questions and answers

Written parliamentary questions can be asked by any MSP to the Scottish Government 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 from them. 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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Question ref. S6W-02899

Asked by: White, Tess, North East Scotland, Date lodged: 14 September 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to fill the reported 406 nursing and midwifery posts that are vacant in NHS Grampian.

Current Status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 18 October 2021

Question ref. S6W-02706

Asked by: White, Tess, North East Scotland, Date lodged: 7 September 2021

To ask the Scottish Government whether it has taken account of the COVID-19 vaccination programme, extended flu immunisations and COVID-19 booster vaccinations in the funding allocation for the delivery of the wider Vaccination Transformation Programme (VTP).

Current Status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 18 October 2021

Question ref. S6W-02898

Asked by: White, Tess, North East Scotland, Date lodged: 14 September 2021

To ask the Scottish Government whether NHS boards notify the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care of the Code Black status of hospitals and, if so, how (a) this is communicated and (b) many times this has happened in each of last three years, broken down by NHS board.

Current Status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 18 October 2021

Question ref. S6W-02262

Asked by: White, Tess, North East Scotland, Date lodged: 16 August 2021

To ask the Scottish Government whether (a) Public Health Scotland and (b) NHS boards are collecting data on the way patients access treatment in GP surgeries in light of the changes to face-to-face appointments as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Current Status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 18 October 2021

Question ref. S6W-03285

Asked by: White, Tess, North East Scotland, Date lodged: 24 September 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the reported comments by the Chief Executive of Women’s Aid that women who have experienced domestic or sexual abuse may be deterred from reporting it because of court delays and that “there is no safety for them in calling the police or in asking for help from the public sector."

Current Status: Answered by Keith Brown on 8 October 2021

Question ref. S6W-03279

Asked by: White, Tess, North East Scotland, Date lodged: 24 September 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what information it has on how many lower-income older or disabled homeowners have been assisted by Care and Repair Scotland in the last 12 months with the installation of smoke, fire and carbon monoxide alarms in order to comply with the new regulations.

Current Status: Answered by Shona Robison on 8 October 2021

Question ref. S6W-03281

Asked by: White, Tess, North East Scotland, Date lodged: 24 September 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what information it has on how many referrals there have been to the National Referral Mechanism for human trafficking and exploitation cases in Scotland in (a) 2020 and (b) 2021 to date, broken down by (i) type of referral and (ii) demographic.

Current Status: Answered by Ash Denham on 7 October 2021

Question ref. S6W-03283

Asked by: White, Tess, North East Scotland, Date lodged: 24 September 2021

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the statement in the Scottish Social Services Council publication, Mental Health Officers (Scotland) Report 2020, that "the last three years have seen by far the highest number of vacated posts" for Mental Health Officers (MHOs), for what reason this is the case, and what action it is taking with the 23 local authorities that reported a workforce shortfall that would require 53 full-time exclusive MHOs to fill the positions.

Current Status: Answered by Kevin Stewart on 7 October 2021

Question ref. S6W-03171

Asked by: White, Tess, North East Scotland, Date lodged: 20 September 2021

To ask the Scottish Government whether a revised Addiction Prevalence Testing (APT) by the Scottish Prison Service remains set to be introduced in late 2021.

Current Status: Answered by Keith Brown on 5 October 2021

Question ref. S6W-03173

Asked by: White, Tess, North East Scotland, Date lodged: 20 September 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to a University of Aberdeen study that suggested that there was evidence of potential for an opioid problem associated with the influence of COVID-19 on elective orthopaedic services to emerge.

Current Status: Answered by Maree Todd on 4 October 2021