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Summary

  1. The Public Audit Committee will take evidence from the Scottish Police Authority and Police Scotland's chief constable
  2. The attainment gap, the mental health strategy and retail banks are all raised during general questions
  3. Opposition leaders quiz Nicola Sturgeon during first minister's questions
  4. SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor leads a debate on Apprenticeship Week
  5. The government gives a ministerial statement on the Child Protection Improvement Programme
  6. The government leads a debate on the Scottish Patient Safety Programme

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Colin Bell

All times stated are UK

Good night from Holyrood Live

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That's all from Holyrood live for Thursday 2 March 2017.

We'll be back on Tuesday.

Have a good weekend.

Breaking The government health motion is agreed to meaning defeat for the government

The government motion as amended is agreed to, with 62 MSPs for and with 61 against.

So it is defeat for the government.

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Tory amendment
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Labour amendment
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Lib Dem amendment
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The Lib Dem amendment is also agreed to

The Lib Dem amendment is agreed to with 62 MSPs backing it and 61 against.

Looks like another defeat for the government. 

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Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton
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Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton's amendment is agreed to following a vote.

The Labour amendment is agreed to

The Labour amendment is not agreed to, with 62 MSPs agreeing to it and 61 against.

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Anas Sarwar
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Labour MSP Anas Sarwar's amendment is agreed to following a vote.

The Tory amendment is agreed to unanimously

The Tory amendment is agreed to unanimously.

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Decision time

We now move to decision time. 

The teams in the Scottish Patient Safety Programme are ambitious says minister

Labour MSP Elaine Smith asks if waiting up to 24 weeks for hip replacements is acceptable.

Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell says there is capacity in the Golden Jubilee and she says the government is making capacity to cope with demand.

The minister says the teams in the Scottish Patient Safety Programme are ambitious going forward.

She says the improvement approach is being spread beyond health and care.

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Ms Campbell says we must be aware of consistent negativity on staff.

She says staffing has increased in the NHS.

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More clashes in the chamber over NHS staffing levels

Mr Sarwar asks if BMA chair Peter Bennie was right and the NHS staffing crisis will lead to a system breakdown.

Ms Campbell hits back saying the government is developing a workforce plan and it is aware there are challenges.

She says it was the SNP that pledged the most funding for the NHS in the last election.

It is important to get the older community more active - minister

Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell
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Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell

Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell says "while we are not blind to the challenges" it is right to recognise the successes of this programme. 

Ms Cambell says there has been a lot of consensus in the chamber.

The public health minister says there has been a reduction in falls right across the country.

She says it is important to get the older community more active. 

What matters to you?

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Mr Briggs says it is important for all parts of the health service to share the aims of the safety programme and to share best practice.

The Tory MSP says many patients can find hospitals a disorienting environment in the acute wards.

He points to the What Matters To You Boards at a patients bedside has helped to personalise care and relieve despair.

Mr Briggs says when the Royal College of GPs and the RCN say there is a crisis in staffing MSPs have a duty to raise the issue.

Key issues around midwife recruitment says Tory MSP

Miles Briggs
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Tory MSP Miles Briggs says all of the members can support the aims of the Patient Safety Programme.

Mr Briggs says there are key issues around midwife recruitment.

The Tory MSP says technology will play a "huge role".

He says there is some very positive data in the report and parliament should pay tribute to all those who work in the NHS. 

Background: What is the Scottish Patient Safety Programme?

Scottish Patient Safety Programme
Scottish Patient Safety Programme
Scottish Patient Safety Programme

The Scottish Patient Safety Programme (SPSP) is a unique national programme that aims to improve the safety and reliability of healthcare and reduce harm, whenever care is delivered. 

Click here to find out more.  

'We have a ticking time-bomb of GPs queueing up to retire.'

Labour MSP Colin Smyth says all member have acknowledged the successful impact of the Scottish Patient Safety Programme (SPSP).

He says: "It is important we build on the success of the programme."

Mr Smyth highlights the impact of deprivation and health inequalities.

Labour MSP Colin Smyth
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Labour MSP Colin Smyth

He says there is not enough staff in the NHS for them to keep up with growing demand.

"We have a ticking time-bomb of GPs queueing up to retire."

He says: "Yes, it is a crisis."

'Staffing crisis' can present problems for staff safety as well as patient safety

Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton
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Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton

In closing for his party, Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton says there are huge advances in patient safety because of this plan.

Mr Cole-Hamilton says all the amendments are similar and that is completely uncoordinated. 

The Lib Dem MSP say it is appropriate to bring up the "staffing crisis" in the NHS because this can present problems for staff safety as well as patient safety.

Mr Cole-Hamilton says he hopes the government will respond to his call for a national strategy for dementia patients and dementia wards.

He says "we are far from a step change in mental health."

Tory criticism about 'the government and its lack of action'

Tory MSP Jeremy Balfour
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Tory MSP Jeremy Balfour

Tory MSP Jeremy Balfour says the care provided by NHS staff is "fantastic" and just because his party comments on some of the government's policies does not mean they should be accused of "attacking front line staff".

SNP MSP Clare Haughey intervenes to ask Mr Balfour to reflect on the language used by his colleagues and says words like "crisis" has an affect on NHS staff. 

Mr Balfour says it has "nothing to do with the front line staff and all to do with the government and its lack of action".

This is making a real difference in people's lives - SNP MSP

SNP MSP Clare Haughey
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SNP MSP Clare Haughey

SNP MSP Clare Haughey says when violence drops to a quarter of previous levels and self harm drops to a third, this is making a real difference in peoples lives.

"This should be applauded," she says.

'We should be proud of the staff that led this challenging work'

Greens MSP Alison Johnstone
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Greens MSP Alison Johnstone

Greens MSP Alison Johnstone says workforce shortages undermines NHS staff.

Ms Johnstone says many of scotland's neonatal units do not have enough nurses in post.

The Greens MSP says the Patient Safety Programme set ambitious goals and has surpassed most of them.

She says she is glad the Patient Safety Programme is moving into care homes and that we need to promote high standard of safety. 

"We should be proud of the staff that led this challenging work," she says. 

SNP MSP praises Scottish Patient Safety Programme

SNP MSP Maree Todd
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SNP MSP Maree Todd

SNP MSP Maree Todd says she worked as a clinical pharmacist in mental health until her election in May.

Ms Todd says in 20 years of clinical practice nothing has come close to, in terms of change, to the impact of the Scottish Patient Safety Programme.

Background: Doctors urged to avoid 'over-treating'

Doctors urged to avoid over-treating patients

Doctors should spend more time listening to their patients in order to avoid unnecessary treatments , according to Scotland's chief medical officer.

Catherine Calderwood wants doctors and patients to have more open and honest conversations about the benefits and risks of procedures or medication.

She argues that quality rather than quantity of life can be more important.

The British Medical Association Scotland said doctors needed time to "learn, teach and reflect".

But its chairman, Dr Peter Bennie, said it regularly heard from doctors that they did not have the necessary time to do this.

Keeping staff well trained and at safe levels is crucial says Labour MSP

Labour MSP Elaine Smith
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Labour MSP Elaine Smith

Labour MSP Elaine Smith says this unique plan is welcome but it must be considered closely and we must continually strive for improvment.

Ms Smith says NHS staff are under extreme pressure and she cites the increased use of agency staff.

She says keeping staff well trained and at safe levels is crucial.

Ms Smith mentions Chief Medical Officer Catherine Calderwood's realistic medicine comments earlier in the week.

She says far too many thyroid patients are not being properly treated and are not getting the right medicine and have to turn to the internet.

'When things do go wrong, it is crucial health boards are in learning modes'

Tory MSP Brian Whittle
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Tory MSP Brian Whittle

Tory MSP Brian Whittle says it is always incumbent on parties to constantly review the success of the Patient Safety Programme.

Mr Whittle says the system is under stress which has had an impact on those who work in it.

"When things do go wrong, it is crucial health boards are in learning modes," he says.

SNP MSP quotes former US president as fan of Scotland's health system

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Emma Harper and Barack Obama

SNP MSP Emma Harper, trained as a nurse, says the Scottish Patient Safety Programme has been vital and is recognised as world leading.

Ms Harper says: "Barack Obama mentioned Scotland as one of the best health systems in the world.

She says the programme has led to a significant reduction in harm and mortality to adult patients.

'We should be proud of the Patient Safety Programme'

Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton
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Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton says "we should be proud of the Patient Safety Programme" which, he says, is of international standard.

Mr Cole-Hamilton says he would like to see the programme enhanced. 

Here is the Lib Dem amendment

Here is the Lib Dem amendment on the Scottish Patient Safety Programme.

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Lib Dem MSP calls for a National Falls Strategy

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Mr Cole-Hamilton says we must ensure patients are kept safe in any setting where they receive care.

The Lib Dem MSP says there is a great desire among older citizens

National Falls Strategy building on the work of the Falls Prevention Framework.

He says fall prevention is one of the most important interventions in patient safety.

Lib Dem MSP raises delayed discharge

Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton
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Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton says his party supports the government motion and all the amendments.

Mr Cole-Hamilton says the welfare and safety of citizens must always be the "alpha and omega" of the Parliament's duties.

The Lib Dem MSP says patient safety was not down to staff negligence in the main but more about poor systems. 

He says patients have stayed in hospital for up to 500 days after they have been declared fit to go home. 

Here is the Labour amendment

Here is the Labour amendment on the Scottish Patient Safety Programme. 

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Labour MSP echoes Nicola Sturgeon from first minister's questions

Labour MSP Anas Sarwar and Nicola Sturgeon
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Labour MSP Anas Sarwar and Nicola Sturgeon share words

Scottish Labour's health spokesperson Anas Sarwar says Shona Robison said he read with interest the health secretary's comments in Holyrood magazine, when she said opposition members speak to her in her office and agree with her but say something different in the chamber.

Mr Sarwar says: "That is simply not true.

"Shona Robison is 100% wrong and she perhaps inadvertently, but I suspect not, is trying to mislead people about service cuts."

Mr Sarwar says not once has the cabinet secretary met with him or his colleagues and not once has she had the courage to lead a debate on service reforms.

He is clearly echoing Nicola Sturgeon from today's first minister's questions.

Ms Sturgeon said "Willie Rennie is 100% wrong" and that he "perhaps inadvertently but I suspect not, is trying to mislead people about standardised testing." 

Health Secretary must stop 'hiding behind the health boards'

Mr Sarwar says the health secretary is "hiding behind the health boards" and that "resource is not meeting demands".

The Labour MSP asks how £1bn in cuts will help patient safety.

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Mr Sarwar says Labour wanted to use the tax powers to improves the NHS and give more funding to local government.

"We have seen a complete failure to workforce plan," he says, "and 9/10 nurses said their workload is worse".

"We have had the worse Audit Scotland report since devolution," he says. 

'Mismanagement of the NHS has led to staff being undervalued'

Labour MSP Anas Sarwar
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Labour MSP Anas Sarwar pays tribute to all staff who contributed to the Patient Safety Programme.

Mr Sarwar says pays tribute to NHS staff across the health service who go "above and beyond".

The Labour MSP says there has been a lot of challenges around the "mismanagement of the NHS" which has led to NHS staff being undervalued.

He says Labour will support the motion but there needs to be further debates on the challenges in the NHS. 

BMA: Scotland's NHS is stretched to 'breaking point'

BMA chairman Peter Bennie says NHS 'near breaking point'

The health service in Scotland is "stretched pretty much to breaking point", a doctors' leader said in January.

Peter Bennie, the chairman of the British Medical Association (BMA) in Scotland, warned that staff shortages could lead to "system breakdown".

Mr Bennie called for a major increase in funding or an "honest debate" about what services the NHS could offer.

The Scottish government said it recognised that it must "up the pace of change" in the health service.

'Given the crisis in staffing we cannot leave matters as they stand' says Tory MSP

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MSPs are debating the Scottish Patient Safety Programme

Mr Cameron says it is no coincidence every opposition amendment highlights concerns about NHS staffing.

The Tory MSP says NHS staff can't be expected to achieve when there are so many unfilled vacancies across the board.

He says given the crisis in staffing we cannot leave matters as they stand.

SNP MSP Claire Haughey asks if the member would accept that NHS staffing rates are at the highest they have ever been.

Mr Cameron says it is not enough simply to say we have record numbers of staff.

He says there are record numbers of people getting older and there needs to be more staff.

There are now fewer avoidable deaths in Scotland's hospitals says Tory MSP

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Tory MSP Donald Cameron says since 2007 there has been a 16.5% reduction in mortality rates.

Mr Cameron says there are now fewer avoidable deaths in Scotland's hospitals and we must expand on that.

The Tory MSP says it is also notable that stillbirth rates have fallen.

He says there is much to be praised about the programme but more can still be done. 

Tories support Scottish Patient Safety Programme

Conservative MSP Donald Cameron
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Conservative MSP Donald Cameron

Conservative MSP Donald Cameron says this is clearly a very important debate.

Mr Cameron says his party continue to support the Scottish Patient Safety Programme.

The Tory MSP says the need for every patient to be safe is paramount and important.

Here is the Tory amendment

Here is the Tory amendment on the Scottish Patient Safety Programme. 

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Standardised mortality ratio continues to decrease

Shona Robison
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Ms Robison says the Primary Care Programme has been a success.

The health secretary says the Scottish Patient Safety Programme team has worked effectively and openly with partners and stakeholders.

In response to an intervention from Labour MSP Elaine Smith, Ms Robison says there has been an 18% reduction in stillbirths and much of that is down to patient safety but there is more work to be done.

Ms Robison says the hospital standardised mortality ratio continues to decrease.