Health and Sport Committee


About The Committee

The Health and Sport Committee examines the Scottish Government’s health policy, the NHS in Scotland, sport and other matters within its remit.

The Committee has nine members and is convened by Duncan McNeil, Labour MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde.

The Committee determines its own subjects for inquiry and also deals with any proposals for legislation, statutory instruments or petitions referred to it. Further details of the Committee’s work programme can be found on the Current Business section of the webpage.

The Committee normally meets on a Tuesday morning. Seats in the public gallery can be booked in advance by contacting Visitor Services


Current Business

Vale of Leven Hospital Inquiry

The Committee took evidence from the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport, the Director General Health and Social Care and the Chief Nursing Officer on Tuesday 24 February 2015.

On 7 April 2015 the Committee received a follow up from the Cabinet Secretary.

Food (Scotland) Bill

The Committee will be consider the Bill at Stage 2 on Tuesday 11 November.

The deadline for amendments will be  Thursday 6 November at 12pm.

Mental Health (Scotland) Bill

The Committee Reported to Parliament on Mental Health (Scotland) Bill Stage 1 on 30 January 2015.

The Scottish Government responded on 27 March 2015.

Mental Health (Scotland) Bill was debated in the Chamber on 12 March 2015.

After debate, the motion, agreeing the general principle, was agreed to.

Stage 2 (Day 1) will take place at the Committee’s meeting on 19 May. Amendments should be lodged by 12 noon on Thursday 14 May.

Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill

The Committee published a call for written evidence. 

Read the Call for Evidence

The call for written evidence closed on Friday 6 June 2014.

Submissions received for Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill.

On 25 September 2014 the Committee published analysis of the submissions of evidence.

Analysis of submissions of evidence on the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill (1.91MB pdf)
Addendum to Submissions Analysis (121KB pdf)

Please note that following the death of Margo MacDonald, Patrick Harvie MSP, as an additional Member in Charge of the Bill, will continue its progress through the Parliament in the normal way. Standing Orders provide for the member who introduces a Bill to designate an additional 'Member in Charge'.

The Committee is currently considering a draft of its Stage 1 Report on Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill. 

The Parliament agreed at its meeting on 31 March 2015 to extend consideration of the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 to 29 May 2015.

Health Inequalities

The Committee has published its Report on Health Inequalities.

On 23 March, the Committee received a response from the Scottish Government.

Chamber Debate

A Committee Debate on Health Inequalities was held in the Chamber on 26 March 2015. 

Watch the Convener's speech (below).

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Committee Meetings

13th Health and Sport Committee Meeting 2015

Date: 13th Meeting, Tuesday 28 April 2015

Location: James Clerk Maxwell Room (Committee Room 4)

  • Palliative Care
  • Work programme (in private)
  • Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill (in private)

Papers for Meeting (141KB pdf)

Committee Reports

Read the latest report from the Health and Sport Committee

5th Report, 2015 (Session 4): Subordinate Legislation