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Chamber and committees

Health, Social Care and Sport Committee

The Committee was established in June 2021. It focuses on:

  • health services in Scotland, including performance, staffing and funding
  • NHS recovery and remobilisation
  • primary care, including dentistry, GPs, and pharmacy services
  • public health including mental health and wellbeing, and tackling drug and alcohol misuse
  • social care
  • sport and physical activity

Next meeting

Meeting details are not yet available. They will be published here in due course.

Get in touch

If you want to get in touch, you can contact Alex Bruce, the Clerk for the committee.

Address: The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 3485979 Find out about call charges.

X (previously known as Twitter): @SP_HSCS

If you're appearing as a witness at a committee, take a look at our witness guide for more information.

Members

Members of the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee

Current Members

Clare Haughey

Convener

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Rutherglen (Constituency)

Paul Sweeney

Deputy Convener

Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: Glasgow (Region)

Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: Glasgow (Region)

Emma Harper

Member

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: South Scotland (Region)

Party: Scottish Green Party

MSP for: Central Scotland (Region)

Ruth Maguire

Member

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Cunninghame South (Constituency)

Carol Mochan

Member

Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: South Scotland (Region)

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Kirkcaldy (Constituency)

Tess White

Member

Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: North East Scotland (Region)

Substitute Members

Jackie Baillie

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: Dumbarton (Constituency)

James Dornan

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Glasgow Cathcart (Constituency)

Ross Greer

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish Green Party

MSP for: West Scotland (Region)

Sue Webber

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: Lothian (Region)

Committee work

Current

Previous

Future

The Committee considers its work programme regularly to maintain a rolling programme of business.  The Committee's main business over coming months will include:

Legislation

National Care Service (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will undertake additional scrutiny of the Bill at Stage 2 in Autumn/Winter 2024.

Assisted Dying for Terminally Ill Adults (Scotland) Bill: The Committee issued a call for written evidence in June 2024, which will close in August. The Committee plans to hold oral evidence sessions as part of its Stage 1 scrutiny in late 2024.

Right to Addiction Recovery (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to scrutiny of the Bill at Stage 1 in due course.

 

The Committee will also further consider the following topics. Please note timings have been provided where known:

  • Pre-budget scrutiny 2024-25, focusing on financial position of IJBs – September 2024
  • National Outcomes, which are a key aspect of the National Performance Framework (NPF) – September 2024
  • Post-legislative scrutiny: Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Act 2019
  • Scrutiny of tobacco and vaping policy
  • Electronic patient records
  • Perinatal mental health

Correspondence

Committee correspondence

Health, Social Care and Sport Committee

Scottish Youth Parliament Health, Wellbeing and Sport Committee

Letter from the Scottish Youth Parliament's Health, Wellbeing and Sport Committee to the HSCS Convener, 11 June 2024

Health, Social Care and Sport Committee

Cass Review invitation

Letter from the Chief Medical Officer to the HSCS Convener concerning the Cass Review of gender identity healthcare for children and young people, 11 June 2024

Health, Social Care and Sport Committee

First Responders on Orkney's Ferry Linked Isles

Letter from Councillor Heather Woodbridge, Leader of Orkney Islands Council, to the HSCS Convener concerning first responders on Orkney's ferry-linked isles, 6 June 2024

Official Reports

Official Reports

Meeting date: Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Health, Social Care and Sport Committee

Decision on Taking Business in Private, National Health Service Waiting Times, Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013 (Post-legislative Scrutiny)

Meeting date: Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Health, Social Care and Sport Committee

Abortion Services (Safe Access Zones) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 2

Meeting date: Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Health, Social Care and Sport Committee

Decisions on Taking Business in Private, Healthcare in Remote and Rural Areas, Subordinate Legislation, Tobacco and Vapes Bill

Meeting date: Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Health, Social Care and Sport Committee

Decision on Taking Business in Private, Gender Identity Services for Children and Young People, Food Standards Scotland

Meeting date: Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Health, Social Care and Sport Committee

Decision on Taking Business in Private, Victims and Prisoners Bill, Subordinate Legislation

Meeting date: Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Health, Social Care and Sport Committee

Decision on Taking Business in Private, Subordinate Legislation

Meeting date: Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Health, Social Care and Sport Committee

Decisions on Taking Business in Private, Subordinate Legislation

Meeting date: Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Health, Social Care and Sport Committee

Abortion Services (Safe Access Zones) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1, Subordinate Legislation

Meeting date: Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Health, Social Care and Sport Committee

Abortion Services (Safe Access Zones) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1

Meeting date: Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Health, Social Care and Sport Committee

Abortion Services (Safe Access Zones) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1, Subordinate Legislation

Reports

Committee reports

03 June 2024

Subordinate legislation considered by the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee on 21 May 2024

This report sets out the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee's consideration of two Scottish Statutory Instruments (SSIs) at its meeting on 21 May 2024 - the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978 (Independent Health Care) Modification Order 2024 [draft] and the Healthcare Improvement Scotland (Inspections) Amendment Regulations 2024 [draft].

Remit

To consider and report on matters falling within the responsibility of the Cabinet Secretary for NHS Recovery, Health and Social Care and matters relating to drugs and alcohol policy.