Patient Rights Act Complaints System

Motion S4M-08304: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 13/11/2013

Patient Rights Act Complaints System

That the Parliament welcomes the announcement by the Minister for Public Health that the Scottish Health Council is to review how NHS boards are implementing the Patient Rights (Scotland) Act 2011 complaints system; congratulates NHS Fife’s decision for its board meetings to begin with the consideration of a brief document, Healthcheck, which will provide a summary of the board’s composite quality, safety and person-centred performance, including details of hospital standardised mortality ratios, hospital-acquired harms, adverse events, readmissions, healthcare associated infections and complaints; believes that this will help contextualise complaints with other aspects of performance; notes that, by using this, the board proposes to draw out key themes that are prevalent in its complaints, adverse events, mortality and hospital-acquired harms data; understands that the board will invite patients and staff to tell them about their experiences; hopes that the other NHS boards take, or will take, a similar approach, particularly with collating compliments, comments, concerns and complaints, and believes that such an approach will help to develop patients and their families as partners of the NHS.

Labour MSP Questions SNP on Local Rail

Labour MSP Questions SNP on Local Rail

Dr Richard Simpson, Labour MSP for Mid-Scotland and Fife, has questioned Keith Brown, the SNP Minister for Transport, on local train services.

In light of concerns of local residents in the constituency, Dr Simpson raised the issue of service provision surrounding the proposed closure of the Winchburgh rail tunnel. HE’s concerned about the effects this will have on passengers travelling to and from;

(a) Stations north of Linlithgow,

(b) Dunblane and

(c) Alloa.

Keith Brown’s response confirmed that some services will see reductions, and longer journey times. Passengers travelling from Glasgow-Edinburgh will be required to travel via the Airdie-Bathgate, whilst others need to make use of existing services travelling via Dalmeny.

This means Stirling and Clackmannanshire passengers will be forced to travel into Dalmeny, and then returning the same way they came, to reach Edinburgh.

Dr Simpson said;

“It seems clear that Keith Brown and the SNP Government have made limited considerations of the needs of passengers. Mr Brown’s response does little to settle the concerns of my constituents, who rely on these routes daily for work commutes, access to services and visiting family and friends.

“The issue of capacity must also be considered. It is very well Mr Brown suggesting that alternative routes are available, but if these services are unable to meet the demand many passengers will be left with longer and increasingly uncomfortable journeys for the foreseeable future. ”


Dr Simpson’s written questions, along with Mr Brown’s replies can be found at;

Congratulations to Balfron High School

Motion S4M-08211: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 06/11/2013

Congratulations to Balfron High School

That the Parliament congratulates everyone at Balfron High School on it being selected by the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee to nominate a pupil representative to take part in the Queen’s Baton Relay ahead of the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games; believes that this achievement is a result of the work of both the school and its pupils in recent years in promoting sport and team playing; considers that Balfron High will choose a deserved candidate to take part in what it sees as this historic event, and wishes the school the best of luck.