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
The Committee will be taking evidence on 11 and 23 February.
The Committee has agreed to take evidence from Haemophilia Scotland, The Hepatitis C Trust, Scottish Infected Blood Forum and then from the Scottish Government at its meeting on 9 February.
The Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee launched a call for written evidence on 7 December 2015 from all interested parties on the effectiveness of the changes made to the system for approving new medicines.
On 20 October the Committee launched a call for written views which closed on 4 December 2015.
At its meeting on 10 November 2015, the Committee agreed its approach.
The Committee will take evidence at its meetings on 5 and 12 January 2016.
You can come along to watch these meetings by booking a ticket for the public gallery – more information can be found here. All public Committee meetings are filmed, webcast and transcript of all that is discussed is published later on the Committee’s webpage.
Other ways to provide your views
The Committee sent a letter to Finance Committee on its scrutiny of the Scottish Government Draft Budget 2016-17.
On 3 February 2016, the Committee received a response from the Scottish Government.
The Committee published its Stage 1 report on Friday 29 January 2016.
On 8 February, the Minister for Public Health responded.
On 21 September 2015, the Committee Published its Stage 1 report.
On 5 October 2015, the Committee received a letter from the Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health regarding the First Minister's keynote speech to the Carers Parliament on 6 October.
On 7 October, the Finance Committee wrote to the Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health regarding the Financial Memorandum.
The Minister responded on 27 October 2015.
On 27 October the Committee received a response to the Stage 1 Report.
The Committee has published its Report on Health Inequalities.
On 23 March, the Committee received a response from the Scottish Government.
On 13 May, the Committee received a further response from the Scottish Government.
A Committee Debate on Health Inequalities was held in the Chamber on 26 March 2015.
Watch the Convener's speech (below).
10th Health and Sport Committee Meeting
Date: 10th Meeting, Thursday 11 February 2016
Location: James Clerk Maxwell Room (Committee Room 4)
Decision on taking business in private
9th Health and Sport Committee Meeting 2016
Date: 9th Meeting, Tuesday 09 February 2016
Location: Robert Burns Room (Committee Room 1)
Penrose Inquiry Report - Progress Update
Public petitions: PE1492
The Official Report of this meeting is due for publication by 6 pm on Monday 15 February 2016.
Read the latest report from the Health and Sport Committee
4th Report, 2016 (Session 4): Subordinate Legislation
5th Report, 2016 (Session 4): Stage 1 Report on Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Bill