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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
  • primary care - including dentistry, GPs, and pharmacy services
  • public health including mental health and wellbeing, and tackling drugs 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

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

Gillian Martin

Convener

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Aberdeenshire East (Constituency)

Paul O'Kane

Deputy Convener

Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: West Scotland (Region)

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Uddingston and Bellshill (Constituency)

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)

Paul Sweeney

Member

Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: Glasgow (Region)

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Kirkcaldy (Constituency)

Evelyn Tweed

Member

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Stirling (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)

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 continue its scrutiny of the NCS Bill, with the Stage 1 report due early 2023. Following this, the Committee will lead on Stage 2 of the Bill.

Patient Safety Commissioner Bill: Following a call for views the Committee will undertake Stage 1 scrutiny of the Bill in 2023.

 

Inquiries

Female participation in sport and physical activity: The Committee will begin taking oral evidence as part of the inquiry during 2023.

 

Budget scrutiny

The Committee will continue to undertake periodic scrutiny of the Scottish Budget as this relates to policy areas within its remit.

 

Petitions

The Committee currently has three referred petitions. 

 

The Committee will continue consideration of these in 2023, initially taking evidence from the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care.

 

Routine scrutiny

The Committee plans to make room in its future work programme to undertake ongoing routine scrutiny of organisations with policy responsibilities within its remit. This will include, for example, periodically taking evidence from special and territorial NHS Boards and Health and Social Care Partnerships as well as statutory organisations within the health, social care and sport remit such as Food Standards Scotland, the Mental Welfare Commission and the Care Inspectorate.

 

Post-legislative scrutiny

Further to the Committee’s previous scrutiny of the Transvaginal Mesh Removal (Cost Reimbursement) (Scotland) Bill, which became an Act on 3 March 2022, the Committee plans to undertake post-legislative scrutiny of the Complex Mesh Surgical Service recently established by the Scottish Government.

Correspondence

Committee correspondence

Health, Social Care and Sport Committee

Patient Safety Commissioner for Scotland Bill

Letter from the Convener of the Finance and Public Administration Committee to the HSCS Convener concerning the Patient Safety Commissioner for Scotland Bill, 31 January 2023

Health, Social Care and Sport Committee

Appointment of Scotland's Women's Health Champion

Letter from the Minister for Public Health, Women's Health and Sport to the HSCS Convener, 26 January 2023

Health, Social Care and Sport Committee

Redeployment of contact tracing staff to NHS 24

Letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care to the HSCS Convener, 25 January 2023

Official Reports

Official Reports

Meeting date: Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Health, Social Care and Sport Committee

Decision on Taking Business in Private, Patient Safety Commissioner for Scotland Bill: Stage 1, Subordinate Legislation

Meeting date: Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Health, Social Care and Sport Committee

Interests, Decision on Taking Business in Private, Independent Review into Racism in Scottish Cricket, Food Standards Scotland

Meeting date: Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Health, Social Care and Sport Committee

Decision on Taking Business in Private, Petitions, Subordinate Legislation

Reports

Committee reports

31 January 2023

The Community Care (Personal Care and Nursing Care) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2023

This report sets out the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee's consideration of a Scottish Statutory Instrument (SSI) at its meeting on 31 January 2023.

17 January 2023

Dentists, Dental Care Professionals, Nurses, Nursing Associates and Midwives (International Registrations) Order 2022 [Draft]

A report of subordinate legislation considered by the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee on 17 January 2023.

27 September 2022

Tackling health inequalities in Scotland

An inquiry report by the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee on tackling health inequalities in Scotland.

Remit

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