Wednesday, 18 March 2015

31 March 2015: Sunshine Act for Scotland Public Petition PE1493 @ScotParl. Again. I'm looking for action.

The Sunshine Act for Scotland Public Petition PE1493 raised by Dr Peter J Gordon is to be considered by Scottish Parliament at the Public Petitions Committee Meeting on 31 March 2015, for the third time.  



Open and transparent from omphalos film by Dr Peter J Gordon


The fourth time of the petition going before government ministers.  (see my Mad in America post: 'Sunshine Act for Scotland Petition Goes Before Parliament a 3rd Time' 23 January 2015)




Dr Gordon lodged his Sunshine Act for Scotland Petition on 29 September 2013 and gave evidence on 12 November 2013.  Nearly a year later, on 11 November 2014, Dr Gordon's Petition was considered by the Committee for about 2 minutes (I was a spectator at the meeting in the Robert Burns Room), resulting in a letter to Scottish Government:

"Given the information that the Scottish Government has provided to detail the measures that health boards have put in place and given the concerns that the petitioner highlighted, the committee may wish to write to the Scottish Government to ascertain what action has been taken since the information was gathered to ensure that the guidance in the health department letter—NHS HDL (2003) 62—is being complied with fully and consistently by all health boards. Do members agree to that course of action?  Members indicated agreement." (Link to Official Report 11 November 2014)

Dr Gordon's Petition was considered for a second time at the Public Petitions Committee Meeting on 27 January 2015, and there was some discussion by MSPs, on this occasion more than 2 minutes worth, with another decision to write to Scottish Government (Link to Official Report 27 January 2015)

Dr Peter J Gordon's Sunshine Act for Scotland Petition goes before Scottish Parliament a 4th time on 31 March 2015.  I am looking for action this time around and not just more letters to Scottish Government.  Let's get the job done and make health boards accountable, doctors and health workers transparent about any financial links they have with drug companies.

It makes sense.  Morally, economically, governmentally.

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Here is a link to Dr Peter Gordon's Hole Ousia website and his writings, films, the history and submissions of his petition: A Sunshine Act for Scotland

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Blog post from 28 Jan15: my tweets after watching #SunshineAct for Scotland petition being discussed on @ScotParl video 27 January 2015 


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