As well as raising awareness of an issue, petitions can also help deliver positive change to the way things work in Scotland.
Some examples of petitions that could be considered to have achieved this before May 2021 are listed below—
(Petitioner gives evidence to the Committee on PE1737)
(Members of the Committee are given CPR and first aid demonstrations by pupils from Parkhead Primary School, West Calder; PE1711)
- PE1621: Sepsis Awareness, Diagnosis and Treatment. This petition called for the Scottish Government to raise the awareness of Scottish health professionals and the public of the early signs of sepsis. The Scottish Government announced a public awareness campaign would launch in early 2018.
- PE1604: Inquests for all deaths by suicide in Scotland. In 2017, the Scottish Government agreed to extend the remit of section 37 of the Mental Health (Scotland) Act 2015 to include the deaths of patients who were receiving care in the community under compulsory treatment orders, as called for by the petition.
- PE1595: Moratorium on shared space schemes. In 2019, the Scottish Government agreed to convene a seminar to bring together a range of interested stakeholders to discuss the issue of shared space road schemes and the impact these schemes can have on different users.
- PE1517: Polypropylene Mesh Medical Devices. In August 2018, the Committee published its report in connection with this petition calling on the Scottish Government to halt the use of mesh procedures in Scotland, until there was confidence in the findings of the Independent Review set up to examine the controversial procedure. In September 2018, the Scottish Government instructed health boards immediately to halt the use of transvaginal mesh altogether in cases of both pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence, pending the implementation of a new restricted use protocol.
(Petitioners Olive McIlroy and Elaine Holmes appear before the Scottish Parliament's Public Petitions Committee to give evidence on the petition by the Scottish Mesh Survivors PE1517)
Previous Session outcomes
PE1523: Tinkers’ Heart of Argyll
. In 2015 Historic Scotland agreed to conduct an equalities impact assessment and reassess the site. Its reassessment led to the site being scheduled as a monument of national importance and a review of Historic Scotland’s wider processes for gathering and assessing ‘associative’ information.
The Committee are shown the Tinkers Heart site in Argyll by the petitioner PE1523)
(The Committee launches it report on tackling child sexual exploitation in Scotland, PE1285)