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

Fertility Treatment

On 21 May 2015, the Committee wrote to the Minister for Public Health on the provision of NHS fertility services in Scotland.

Alcohol (Licensing, Public Health and Criminal Justice) (Scotland) Bill

The Committee launched a call for written views on 14 May 2015. This will close on 24 June 2015.

Read the Call for Evidence

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 its report on 30 April 2015.

The Member in Charge of the Bill responded on 21 May 2015.

The Stage 1 debate will be held on Wednesday 27 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.

On 13 May, the Committee received a further 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

17th Health and Sport Committee Meeting 2015

Date: 17th Meeting, Tuesday 26 May 2015

Location: David Livingstone Room (Committee Room 6)

Official Report of Meeting 26 May 2015

Mental Health (Scotland) Bill
Carers (Scotland) Bill

Committee Reports

Read the latest report from the Health and Sport Committee

6th Report, 2015 (Session 4): Stage 1 Report on Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill

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Contact us

Clerk: Steve Farrell
Email: HealthandSport

0131 348 5410

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