Section E: Written Questions

Section E – Written questions lodged on 06 November 2013

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

Questions in which a member has indicated a declarable interest are marked with an "R".

S4W-18092 Dennis Robertson: To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to adapt the standards developed in England and Wales regarding grown-up congenital heart disease and to what timescale.

S4W-18093 Dennis Robertson: To ask the Scottish Government whether it will look into lowering the ratio of adult congenital heart disease consultants to patients to one consultant per 1,200 patients.

S4W-18094 Dennis Robertson: To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to increase the number of adult congenital heart disease consultants to ensure adequate care for patients in need of full-time access to specialist accident and emergency care.

S4W-18095 Dennis Robertson: To ask the Scottish Government for what reason there are not more congenital heart disease nurse specialists.

S4W-18096 Dennis Robertson: To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to ensure that adult congenital heart disease patients receive comparable care provision to patients with other long-term conditions.

S4W-18097 Dennis Robertson: To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to support the development of improved pregnancy care for women with adult congenital heart disease.

S4W-18099 Dennis Robertson: To ask the Scottish Government what action is being taken to ensure that the railway infrastructure is prepared for the winter.

S4W-18101 John Finnie: To ask the Scottish Government for what reasons an emergency timetable extending journey times for railway services on the Far North and Kyle line was introduced on 28 October 2013.

S4W-18102 John Finnie: To ask the Scottish Government what plans there are to reduce journey times on railway services between Inverness and Wick.

S4W-18103 John Finnie: To ask the Scottish Government how much has been spent on flu vaccinations in 2013.

S4W-18104 John Finnie: To ask the Scottish Government on whose advice the 2013-14 flu vaccine was chosen.

S4W-18105 John Finnie: To ask the Scottish Government what the tendering process is for supplying flu vaccine.

S4W-18106 John Finnie: To ask the Scottish Government when it last acquired stocks of Tamiflu; on whose advice this was purchased; how much it cost to purchase; whether the purchase was subject to a tendering process; what assessment it has made of the benefits of the purchase; what remaining stock of the drug it has, and whether it has an expiry date.

S4W-18112 John Finnie: To ask the Scottish Government what engagement it has with the pharmaceutical sector regarding the cost of drugs.

S4W-18113 John Finnie: To ask the Scottish Government what engagement it has with other organisations that purchase pharmaceutical supplies.

S4W-18114 Drew Smith: To ask the Scottish Government what section 16b grants it has awarded in 2013-14.

S4W-18115 Drew Smith: To ask the Scottish Government what support it provides to organisations that help women who have experienced (a) miscarriages, (b) stillbirths and (c) neonatal losses.

S4W-18116 Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Government how many dog attacks have been (a) reported to and (b) investigated by the police in each year since 1999.

S4W-18117 Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Government how many suspected dangerous dogs have been (a) reported to and (b) investigated by the police in each year since 1999.

S4W-18118 Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Government how many dogs have been destroyed (a) by the police and (b) following a court order in each year since 1999.

S4W-18119 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Government what company provides its professional indemnity insurance.

S4W-18120 Kezia Dugdale: To ask the Scottish Government whether it considers that community councils should have access to crime statistics broken down by beat area.

S4W-18121 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Government what power it has to sanction a moratorium on community pharmacy applications in rural areas where there are already dispensing GP practices.

S4W-18122 Siobhan McMahon: To ask the Scottish Government what songs are prohibited under the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012.

S4W-18123 Siobhan McMahon: To ask the Scottish Government how many people in the modern apprenticeship programme have a learning difficulty.

S4W-18124 Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to (a) regulate and (b) inspect GP practices.

S4W-18125 Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to provide (a) guidance and (b) funding for a system that will allow NHS staff to reflect on stresses at work.

S4W-18126 Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Government what the (a) lower and (b) upper age levels are for cervical screening; when they were last amended, and on what date they came into force.

S4W-18128 Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on allowing cervical screening for post-menopausal women who have had three previous consecutive negative smears.

S4W-18129 Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on screening for human papillomavirus (a) in addition and (b) as an alternative to cervical screening.

S4W-18130 Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it gave to the decision to amend the age levels for cervical screening prior to issuing Scottish Quality and Outcomes Framework 2013-2014, Guidance for NHS Boards and GP Practices.

S4W-18131 Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Government whether it (a) includes or (b) plans to include details of deaths within 30 days of discharge in the data for hospital mortality rates.

S4W-18132 Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Government when NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde will be able to supply data comparable to other NHS boards in respect of long-acting reversible contraception.

S4W-18133 Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Government what steps it has asked Health Improvement Scotland to take to support NHS boards in areas with significant (a) deprivation or (b) rates of unplanned teenage pregnancies and below average prescribing of long-acting reversible contraception to improve performance, and which boards have received or will receive such support.

S4W-18134 Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the latest Information Services Division (ISD) Scotland report on long-acting reversible contraception (LARC), which found that the presence of a local enhanced primary care contract was associated with a greater uptake, whether it will consider making the provision of LARC a national enhanced service.

S4W-18135 Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Government whether it will invite Information Services Division (ISD) Scotland to include people under 15 in future statistics on long-acting reversible contraception.

S4W-18136 Siobhan McMahon: To ask the Scottish Government what projects have been funded through its Tackling Sectarianism Small Grant Scheme, broken down by (a) organisation managing the project, (b) amount awarded and (c) local authority area.

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