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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S5M-22646

Heart Valve Disease Awareness Week

Submitted by: David Stewart, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour.
Date lodged: Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Supported by: Clare Adamson, Jackie Baillie, Sarah Boyack, Mary Fee, Neil Findlay, Kenneth Gibson, James Kelly, Bill Kidd, Monica Lennon, Lewis Macdonald, Fulton MacGregor, Ruth Maguire, Mark McDonald, Stuart McMillan, Alex Neil, Gil Paterson, Alex Rowley, Anas Sarwar, Colin Smyth, Stewart Stevenson, Alexander Stewart, David Torrance, Sandra White, Brian Whittle
Current status: Achieved cross-party support

That the Parliament welcomes Heart Valve Disease Awareness Week, which takes place from 14 to 20 September 2020; notes what it sees as the need to improve early detection of heart valve disease in Scotland; acknowledges the reported increasing prevalence of severe heart valve disease in an ageing population; notes what it considers the missed opportunities to detect the disease during the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions; believes that, in the medium term, this may result in a second wave of deaths from non-COVID-19-related diseases, and notes the calls for more funding to be made available for minimally invasive, proactive and curative treatments, which it considers have a huge advantage of reducing critical care occupancy by shortening the convalescence period and increasing treatment capacity.