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FDA and Mesh

That the Parliament notes that the US Federal Drugs Administration (FDA) has asked Boston Scientific and Coloplast, which it understands are the two largest manufacturers of mesh currently used in pelvic organ prolapse in women, to remove it from the US market; believes that this comes after the companies failed to satisfy the FDA of the safety and efficacy of their products; considers that this move stands in contrast to the NICE guidelines in England, published only two weeks earlier, which placed a much lower threshold for the safety of women in the UK and recommended its use, and calls for this guideline not to be implemented in Scotland.

Supported by: James Kelly, Mark Griffin, Alex Neil, Monica Lennon, Tavish Scott, Elaine Smith

Foodbank Donations Warmly Received

That the Parliament commends the generosity of 42 West Lothian schools that have collectively donated 9.93 tonnes of food to West Lothian Foodbank; understands that this is the equivalent of 23,600 meals, which will benefit local people experiencing crises, and welcomes the support for West Lothian Foodbank, which is run by The Trussell Trust and is committed to ensuring that people living in poverty have access to basic necessities.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Pauline McNeill, Joan McAlpine

Affordable Homes for Winchburgh

That the Parliament welcomes the opening of 55 affordable homes in Winchburgh, which have been delivered by West Lothian Housing Partnership; understands that the development is part of a £1 billion regeneration project in Winchburgh, which will see the village transformed into a town over the following 15 years; congratulates both West Lothian Council and West Lothian Housing Partnership on working collaboratively to create affordable homes and a sustainable community, and wishes everyone the best of luck in their new homes.

Supported by: Miles Briggs

West Lothian Alzheimer's Resource Centre

That the Parliament welcomes the opening of the refurbished West Lothian Alzheimer's Resource Centre in Livingston; understands that the centre, which is run by Alzheimer Scotland, offers support for people living with, and affected by, dementia; notes that this includes providing a sociable environment, and wishes Alzheimer Scotland staff and the centre's volunteers and service users, the very best with the hub.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, Miles Briggs, Jeremy Balfour, Alex Cole-Hamilton

NHS Lothian Delays for Drug and Alcohol Treatment

That the Parliament understands with deep concern that patients in NHS Lothian are waiting longer for drug and alcohol treatment than in any other Scottish NHS board; further understands that, in the quarter ending 31 December 2018, only 73.2% of people referred to the West Lothian Alcohol and Drug Partnership were seen within three weeks; recognises that the Scottish average is 93.9%; considers that long delays for drug and alcohol treatment can be viewed within a context of significant delays across various specialities in NHS Lothian; believes that, with Scotland having the highest level of drug deaths in Europe, treatment delays will have a detrimental impact on public health, and calls on the Scottish Government to fund drug and alcohol treatment and to ensure that what it considers the national drugs crisis is met with a national response.

Scottish Prison Service

That the Parliament notes that an additional £4,000 was given to prison officers as a consequence of their continuing engagement in a change process; welcomes that the PCS union was successful in securing the same payment for more than 700 of its members; is concerned that, while it believes that this settlement demonstrates clearly the power of trade unions in fighting for equality in every workplace in Scotland, there are still workers in lower grades who have not yet, in its view, seen justice done and have still not received an uplift in their pay to reflect this change; believes that it is not morally correct for a government agency to treat its staff in what it considers this divisive manner, and believes that, in the interest of fairness, this payment should be applied to all band B staff at the earliest opportunity.

Supported by: Monica Lennon

Whitburn Academy Pupils Being Herd

That the Parliament commends pupils, staff and the wider school community at Whitburn Academy for their recent concert to raise awareness of mental health issues; understands that the event saw pupils and staff addressing topics such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, substance misuse, domestic violence, suicide, stress and other factors that affect mental health through song, poetry and personal testimony; believes that this was an innovative and very effective way to open up discussions about the health and wellbeing of pupils; wishes the school every success with its Be Herd project and its new mental health hub, and hopes that other schools will follow the lead of Whitburn Academy in addressing the mental wellbeing of all pupils.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Donald Cameron, Miles Briggs, Alasdair Allan, Pauline McNeill, Iain Gray, Stuart McMillan, Jeremy Balfour, Clare Adamson, Maureen Watt

West Lothian College's STEM Olympics

That the Parliament congratulates West Lothian College on the launch of its STEM Olympics, which will run over the next four years and will aim to enable every primary school in the area to participate in heats that will be hosted by the secondary schools that they feed into, with the top teams from each heat taking part in an annual final hosted by the college; notes that 76 pupils in 19 teams from the schools that feed into Linlithgow, Armadale and St Kentigern’s academies competed in the 2019 regional heats on 1 April, taking part in a variety of challenges, including light and colour in photography, a Lego robot challenge, battery building and river crossing; acknowledges that the competition has been made possible thanks to a generous donation from the family of the late Sir Tam Dalyell, to commemorate his lifelong passion for science, and commends the college's staff and students, the area's teachers and employees from companies, including Sky, Entrotec and Express Micro Science, for supporting the initiative.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, Gordon Lindhurst, Jackie Baillie, Stuart McMillan, Jeremy Balfour, Clare Adamson

West Lothian Council Launches Anti-poverty Group

That the Parliament welcomes the establishment of West Lothian Council’s new anti-poverty task force; recognises that the central aim of the task force is to deliver on the objectives set out in the council's Better Off: Anti-Poverty Strategy 2018-19 to 2022-23; understands that the task force comprises council officers, local elected members, community organisations and community planning partners; believes that the launch of the group is indicative of the council’s determination to tackle poverty and inequality in the local area, and wishes the task force the best of luck in working to relieve the financial pressures felt by people across the county.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie

Janet is 109

That the Parliament congratulates Janet MacKay, from West Lothian, who recently celebrated her 109th birthday; understands that Janet, who resides at Broxburn Care Home, spent her day celebrating with family and friends; understands that Janet is from a farming family that moved around a lot when she was younger and later she married her husband, Alistair, in 1935 while living in Dalmahoy; notes that Janet has three children and seven grandchildren, and wishes her the very best in her years ahead.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Lewis Macdonald, Gordon Lindhurst, Miles Briggs, Rona Mackay, Jeremy Balfour, Maureen Watt, Alex Cole-Hamilton

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