Junior Doctor Contracts

Motion S4M-14794: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 10/11/2015
Junior Doctor Contracts

That the Parliament understands that the UK Government is still set on imposing a new contract on junior doctors; believes that it is important that the UK Government and BMA Junior Doctors Committee re-enter negotiations without preconditions; considers, however, that there are significant and growing shortages in doctors, particularly in psychiatry, which the current proposed new contract could worsen; believes that recommendation 9 of the Doctors’ and Dentists’ Review Body on a set allowance for non-residential on calls would disproportionately affect psychiatrists in training, as many on-call rotas are non-residential, which, unlike other specialities, can be reflective of more doctors covering multiple units over wide geographical areas and the community-based approach of modern psychiatric practice; believes that to remunerate at a fixed and small percentage in contrast to doctors whose on call is residential will make psychiatric training less attractive; welcomes the Scottish Government’s announcement that it will not be committed automatically to following any new UK junior doctor contract, but asks that more data about workloads and responsibilities of doctors working non-residential on-calls are established before considering a blanket change to contracts.

Female Rhino Arrives In Scotland

Motion Number: S4M-14706
Lodged By: Richard Simpson
Date Lodged: 03/11/2015

Title: Female Rhino Arrives In Scotland

Motion Text:

That the Parliament congratulates everyone at Blair Drummond Safari Park, which is near Stirling, on it exchanging an adult rhino with a zoo near Paris; understands that, as part of the European Endangered Species Breeding Programme, Tswane, a 15-year-old female southern white rhino, is replacing 13-year-old Lucy, who has been sent to the zoo in France; believes that officials hope that, with a 15-year-old male rhino, Graham, Tswane will produce a calf in the next two years; notes that the programme involves captive animals that are at risk of extinction being matched with fertile mates in the hope that they produce offspring; believes that the scheme is vital for preserving endangered animals; commends the safari park on what it considers this successful exchange, and believes that it is important that zoos in Europe work together to maintain a sustainable, healthy genetically diverse and population.