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

Food (Scotland) Bill

The Committee took oral evidence on the Bill at its meetings on 27 May, 3, 10, 17 and 24 June. Follow this link for meeting papers and Official Reports.

Video footage is also available on our YouTube page. 

The Committee is due to publish its draft report before the end of August. The stage one Chamber debate will be held in the Autumn.

Read the written evidence.

Mental Health (Scotland) Bill

The Committee has agreed to publish a call for written evidence.

Read the Call for Evidence

The call for written evidence closes on Friday 22 August 2014.

We anticipate taking oral evidence in towards the end of 2014.

Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill

The Committee has agreed to publish 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.

We anticipate taking oral evidence in towards the end of 2014.

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'.

Health Inequalities

The Scottish Parliament Health and Sport Committee has agreed to begin a new phase of its themed work on health inequalities by holding a short inquiry on early years. 

The Committee has also agreed to publish a call for written evidence.

Read the Call for Evidence

The Committee has received written submissions in relation to early years.

Read the written submissions received

Access to newly licensed medicines

The Committee published its report on its findings in July 2013.

The Committee received the following correspondence:

On 31 January 2014 the Committee received the Scottish Medicines Consortium's report to the Scottish Government on the assessment of medicines for end of life care and very rare conditions (orphan and ultra-orphan medicines) in Scotland.

At its meeting on 4 March 2014, the Committee agreed to write to the four NHS boards whose cancer patients are treated at the West of Scotland Cancer Centre asking them to provide a copy of their current IPTR policy and any associated guidance in respect of this interim period. The Committee also agreed to ask boards to indicate what specific changes had taken place in the light of the CMO letter. The Committee has also written to the Cabinet Secretary about this issue.

Scrutiny of the draft budget 2014-15

The closing date for written views was 1 October 2013.

Inquiry into Teenage Pregnancy

The Committee took evidence at its meetings on 22 January, 19 February, 26 February and 5 March. The Committee published its report on 3 June 2013. 

On 15 August, the Committee received an update from the the Minister for Public Health providing the outcomes, to date, from the Expert Group on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Community Pharmacy and an update on Post-partum Contraception Provision in NHS Lothian.

Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Bill

The Bill was introduced in the Parliament on 28 May 2013 and the Health and Sport Committee has been designated by the Parliament as the lead Committee.

The Committee published its Stage 1 Report on 18 November 2013.

The Scottish Government provided a response to the Committee’s comments in the stage 1 report on 22 November 2013.

Victims and Witnesses (Scotland) Bill

The Bill was introduced on 6 February 2013.

The Committee took evidence at its meetings on 26 March and 16, 23 and 30 April 2013.

The Committee considered the draft Stage 1 report at its meetings on 14 and 21 May 2013.

The Committee reported to the Justice Committee, leading on the Bill, on 27 May 2013.

The Committee considered sections 26 and 27 of the Bill at Stage 2 on 5 November 2013.

The Bill will be considered by the Parliament on 12 December 2013.

The Committee received an update from the Minister for Public Health on 8 January 2014.

Committee Meetings

Next Health and Sport Committee Meeting

Date: 23rd Meeting, Tuesday 19 August 2014

Location: Mary Fairfax Somerville Room (Committee Room 2)

NHS boards budget scrutiny (in private)
Food (Scotland) Bill (in private)

Committee Reports

Read the latest report from the Health and Sport Committee

9th Report, 2014 (Session 4): NHS boards budget scrutiny