Friday, 29 January 2016

at Public Petitions Committee Meeting @ScotParl 26Jan16 to hear Sunshine Act for Scotland PE1493

PE1493: A Sunshine Act for Scotland
I attended the Public Petitions Committee on 26 January 2016, in the Robert Burns Room (CR1) Scottish Parliament, to hear Dr Peter Gordon's Sunshine Act for Scotland Petition PE1493 being considered for the sixth time.  From 12 November 2013 when Dr Gordon gave evidence in person.

The Sunshine Act Petition PE1493 came up just after 12noon and the Chair Michael McMahon MSP proposed that the committee should write to Scottish Government regarding the outcome of the consultation (by Scottish Health Council) and this was agreed by all.

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22 January 2015:

A Sunshine Act for Scotland Petition PE1493: 26 January 2016 Robert Burns Room @ScotParl

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I went into the meeting near the beginning and heard evidence taken from 3 new petitions prior to Dr Gordon's petition being considered:
  • moratorium on shared space schemes
  • In Care Surivors Service Scotland
  • Mycoplasma Fermentans in regressive autism
The process was interesting, how the petitioners presented their evidence and points highlighted in support and defense of their cause.  Here are some notes I took from things said:

Shared space schemes: Two people presenting who had visual impairments, the risks associated with removal of controlled  replacing with courtesy crossings: "my life is a bit more valuable than that", the Kirkintilloch master plan, no regulation of councils, Sustrans favouring cyclists over pedestrians, suggestion by MSP to contact COSLA in the Netherlands.

In Care Survivors Service Scotland: £88K for consultation, £13.59million over 5yrs, field of trauma, Police Scotland letter re funding, broker model, "one size doesn't fit all", Open Secret, survivor choice, labels for personality disorder & narcissistic disorder unhelpful.

Mycoplasma Fermentans in regressive autism: MMR vaccine, gradual withdrawal into autism, "mechanism poorly understood", environmental factors, changing diagnostic criteria, 1943 paper by Dr Leo Kanner





I decided after attending this meeting that I should submit a Public Petition to Scottish Parliament.


Leaflet on How to submit a Public Petition


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