"Politics is all about people. As a Central Scotland MSP it is both a pleasure and a privilege to meet and become involved with a hugely diverse number of people and organisations"

Margaret Mitchell
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Archive for July 2012

Summer 2012 Newsletter

Jul. 16th 2012

Read all about Margaret’s proposal for a Private Member’s Bill on apologies and the 42nd British Islands and Mediterranean Region (BIMR) Conference and see where Margaret has been in Central Scotland over the last few months, including visits to INEOS at Grangemouth to the preschool gymnastic class at the Time Capsule in Coatbridge. Download the Summer 2012 Newsletter.

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Injury Surveillance

Jul. 5th 2012

During General Question Time Scottish Conservative & Unionist MSP for Central Scotland Margaret Mitchell asked the Cabinet Secretary for Justice Kenny MacAskill about the Violence Reduction Unit ‘Injury Surveillance’ pilot in Lanarkshire hospitals that seeks to improve the recording of information about violent crime.

A&E Departments collect anonymous data about the time, place and details of violence indicants which is then shared with the police and other agencies.

Commenting Margaret said:

‘The Injury Surveillance pilot provides extra information to the police to help them tackle violent crime which is estimated to be under recorded by as much as 50-70%.

‘Recent figures reveal that over 150 people have been admitted to Wishaw General in the last three years – almost one per week. However, at present accident and emergency departments in Scotland do not record what types of weapons are used in serious assaults and stabbings. These weapons can range from kitchen knives to samurai swords.

‘Clearly it makes sense to know where and what these weapons are being used as recording this information would be useful to the police and others. I therefore asked the Cabinet Secretary for Justice whether he considers that health boards should be required to collect information about the types of weapons that are used in serious assaults.

‘His response was very positive in that he confirmed that whilst there are technical issues relating to the recording of this information it should be possible for it to be done. He also stated that government wishes to make progress in this area as such data collection is already taking place in parts of England and Wales.

‘This is very encouraging and will hopefully help to tackle the scourge of knife crime.’

 The Official Report of Margaret’s question can be found online at:

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