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Summary

  1. MSPs take evidence on puppy dog tail shortening
  2. Details of the new social security payments to be delivered by the Scottish government are outlined to parliament by Social Security Secretary Angela Constance
  3. Higher Education Minister Shirley-Anne Somerville gives a ministerial statement on widening access to higher education
  4. The Equalities and Human Rights Committee leads a debate on destitution, asylum and insecure immigration status in Scotland
  5. Labour MSP Jackie Baillie leads this evenings member's debate on the Vale of Leven Hospital GP out-of-hours service

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Colin Bell

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodnight from Holyrood Live...

    Holyrood

    That brings our coverage of the Scottish Parliament for 30 May 2017.

    We'll be back tomorrow morning at 10am.

    Have a good night.

  2. Minister says the parliament should unite to support NHS staff, the GPs and the consultation

    Aileen Campbell

    Ms Campbell says the parliament should unite to support NHS staff, the GPs and the consultation.

  3. 'Patient safety cannot be compromised'

    GP

    Ms Campbell says there are staffing challenges and they must be worked through to ensure that there are enough GPs working in Scotland.

    The public health minister says measures have been introduced to attract more GPs to the profession.

    She says there is an out-of-hours review taking place in Glasgow.

    "Patient safety cannot be compromised," she says.

  4. Minister is actively seeking the consultation process to engage

    Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell
    Image caption: Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell

    Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell says no decision has been made until wider consultation has been undertaken.

    Ms Campbell says she expects nothing less than meaningful and robust engagement between the IJB and local communities.

    She says MSPs should engage with IJBs and the health boards during this time.

    Labour MSP Jackie Baillie says she is encouraged by the minister's comments, but asks if the minister is concerned about the lack of consultation to date.

    The minister says she is actively seeking the consultation process to engage.

  5. Background: Blueprint needed for out-of-hours care, review concludes

    Elderly patient with paramedics

    An independent review published in November 2015 concluded that a blueprint for out-of-hours medical services in Scotland is required.

    It highlighted the need for multi-disciplinary teams working together at urgent care resource hubs across Scotland.

    The teams would include GPs, nurses, physiotherapists, community pharmacists, social care workers and other specialists.

    The review was commissioned by the Scottish government.

    Read more here.

  6. Minister praises the staff response to the incident at Wishaw General

    Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell
    Image caption: Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell

    Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell also praises the staff response to the incident at Wishaw General.

    Ms Campbell commends the dedication of the staff who work there.

    The public health minister says day time general practice and out of hours services are facing increasing demand for services.

    Ms Campbell says that is why Sir Lewis Ritchie was asked by the government to review out of hours services.

    She says his report received cross party support.

  7. Investment in primary care is essential for a sustainable NHS service says Tory MSP

    Brian Whittle

    Tory MSP Brian Whittle says he can empathise with Jackie Baillie's stance.

    Mr Whittle says that a significant change to services that will affect the community should be brought to the health secretary.

    The Tory MSP says investment in primary care is essential for a sustainable NHS service.

    He says GPs can build an understanding of communities and patients and that primary care must be made a more attractive career choice.

  8. 'Primary care services should be available from a GP you know and trust'

    Green MSP Ross Greer
    Image caption: Green MSP Ross Greer

    Green MSP Ross Greer says: "Primary care services should be available from a GP you know and trust."

    Mr Greer says he cannot see how forcing people with a health issue to travel to Paisley from the Vale of Leven area will help their care.

    The Green MSP says he hopes the cabinet secretary will consider the impact of restricting out of hours care at the Vale of Leven will have.

    He says he accepts it is the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board making this proposal but the wider context must be lookede at.

  9. NHS staff are overworked, under-resourced and underpaid

    Labour MSP Anas Sarwar

    Labour MSP Anas Sarwar thanks all the staff at Wishaw General Hospital for how they have coped with an evacuation following a suspected bomb threat.

    Mr Sarwar says there is an ongoing concern over maternity services and he hopes the Scottish government will take the earliest opportunity to end uncertainty at the Vale.

    The Labour MSP says there is a "workforce crisis" in the NHS and health boards are being asked to make £1bn worth of cuts in the next four years.

    He says staff are overworked, under-resourced and underpaid.

    Mr Sarwar calls for clarity for the local people and investment for hardworking NHS staff.

  10. Tory MSP calls on the health secretary to intervene

    Conservative MSP Maurice Corry
    Image caption: Conservative MSP Maurice Corry

    Conservative MSP Maurice Corry says the Vale is a central part of life in the West of Scotland.

    Mr Corry says every time a reduction in services at the Vale are threatened there is passionate protests and furious debate.

    The West of Scotland MSP says the demand for out of hours GP services has not fallen but is actually higher than other areas.

    He calls on the health secretary to intervene in this matter.

  11. SNP MSP says he will consider all the recommendations coming forward

    SNP MSP Stuart McMillan

    SNP MSP Stuart McMillan says he agrees with a lot of Ms Baillie's contribution.

    Mr McMillan says it was the Scottish government which delivered the Vision for the Vale and that under the previous Labour administration the Vale of Leven accident and emergency was removed.

    The SNP MSP says he has continued to raise concerns concerning the closures at Inverclyde Royal Hospital but that he has not deployed the tactic of running to the press for a story before having all the facts.

    The Greenock and Inverclyde MSP says the issue of the out-of-hours service is important to his constituents and says the Scottish government will be expected to engage with the public.

    He says he will consider all the recommendations coming forward and he will advise his constituents to do the same.

  12. 'Stop the cuts and protect our local services'

    Labour MSP Jackie Baillie
    Image caption: Labour MSP Jackie Baillie

    The Labour MSP says not one SNP MSP has signed her motion, not even Stuart McMillan whose constituents in Greenock and Inverclyde will be directly affected.

    She concludes saying: "The message we want to convey is clear: stop the cuts and protect our local services."

  13. Labour MSP says the health board has started ripping up the promises in the Vale Vision

    Ms Baillie says: "The provision of GP Out of Hours services was a key commitment in the Vision for the Vale agreement signed by Nicola Sturgeon when she was Health Secretary.

    "I welcomed the Vale Vision back in 2009 because it offered stability and promised to retain a range of services at my local hospital.

    "However in recent years the health board has started ripping up those promises."

  14. Ms Baillie says her local GP firmly believes patients’ lives will be put at risk

    Jackie Baillie

    Ms Baillie says: "If the service is withdrawn permanently many people from Dumbarton, Vale of Leven and Helensburgh, especially those without a car, will simply not be able to see a GP in an emergency."

    She goes on to say her local GP firmly believes patients’ lives will be put at risk.

  15. Labour MSP says local GPs have issued a unanimous statement condemning the proposals

    GP

    Ms Baillie says: "There has been no consultation on the proposed changes."

    She says one of the GPs in her area found out about the proposed cuts on Facebook.

    The Dumbarton MSP says local GPs responsible for the care of around 75,000 patients across the entire catchment area of the Vale of Leven Hospital have issued a unanimous statement condemning the proposals.

  16. Local GPs believe that it is only be a matter of time before the service is removed completely

    Vale of Leven Hospital

    Ms Baillie says: "Since the beginning of the year we have seen services withdrawn for hours at a time at the Vale of Leven Hospital on at least eight occasions, with no notice given.

    "Patients who have been sitting in the waiting room have been handed letters telling them that there is no doctor available to see them and they need to go to Paisley."

    The Labour MSP says: "Local GPs believe that it is only be a matter of time before the service is removed completely."

  17. Concerns over cuts to GP out of hours services

    Labour MSP Jackie Baillie
    Image caption: Labour MSP Jackie Baillie

    Labour MSP Jackie Baillie says: "This is a NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde-wide plan to cut back access to GP out of hours services.

    Ms Baillie says according to the recommendations in a paper sent to all Health and Social Care partnerships in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, the services at the Vale of Leven Hospital, Greenock Health Centre and the Inverclyde Royal Hospital will be closed between Mondays and Fridays in the evenings and overnight.

    She says: "This will leave just five GP Out of Hours Centres covering the whole of Greater Glasgow and Clyde during the week, putting even more pressure on NHS staff and causing concern for patients."

  18. 'Vision for the Vale'

    Ms Baillie believes that the report identifies a reduction in services at the Vale of Leven Hospital as the preferred option, despite the NHS board's own figures revealing higher attendances at GP out-of-hours services among Dumbarton and Alexandria residents than residents in Paisley.

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    The Labour MSP considers that such services are a vital component of any local hospital, and calls on the health secretary to intervene to ensure that the commitment in the Vision for the Vale agreement to maintaining these services is respected.

  19. Concerns about the future provision of GP out-of-hours services at the Vale of Leven Hospital

    GP

    Ms Baillie uses her motion to express concern about the future provision of GP out-of-hours services at the Vale of Leven Hospital.

    The Labour MSP says a report produced by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde recommends the withdrawal of the service between Mondays and Fridays due to financial and staffing pressures.

    The MSP for Dumbarton says the publication of the report follows months of temporary closures at the hospital during weekends as the NHS board is unable to recruit enough medical staff to cover the service.

    Ms Baillie says it is unacceptable to force people in Dumbarton, Vale of Leven, Helensburgh and Lomond to travel to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley to access emergency primary care services.

  20. Here is the motion for the debate

    The motion for the debate