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Meeting of the Parliament 12 November 2019 [Draft] : 12 November 2019 View PDF version
The Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing (Joe FitzPatrick)

We have been informed by NHS Lothian that two related cases of diphtheria have been confirmed in the Lothian area, with both patients having recently returned fro...

Meeting of the Parliament 12 November 2019 [Draft] : 12 November 2019 View PDF version
Joe FitzPatrick

I thank the member for the way in which she has raised the question. It is a good opportunity for us to remind everyone of the importance of vaccinations in child...

Meeting of the Parliament 12 November 2019 [Draft] : 12 November 2019 View PDF version
Joe FitzPatrick

To be clear, I again recommend that anyone who intends to travel abroad should visit the fitfortravel website and seek advice from their GP about the services tha...

Meeting of the Parliament 05 November 2019 [Draft] : 05 November 2019 View PDF version
The Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing (Joe FitzPatrick)

The Scottish Affairs Committee inquiry into problem drug use in Scotland supports our view that what we face in terms of drug deaths is an emergency, and that the...

Meeting of the Parliament 05 November 2019 [Draft] : 05 November 2019 View PDF version
Joe FitzPatrick

Yes, I strongly agree. I just do not understand how the UK Government, which has acknowledged the benefits of such facilities, can stand in the way of saving live...

Meeting of the Parliament 05 November 2019 [Draft] : 05 November 2019 View PDF version
Joe FitzPatrick

I absolutely agree. I call on the incoming UK Government to amend the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 or to devolve the powers that will allow this Parliament to take a ...

Meeting of the Parliament 05 November 2019 [Draft] : 05 November 2019 View PDF version
Joe FitzPatrick

Liam Kerr will be well aware that, in 2018, the Government increased that budget by £20 million and that, just this year, in the programme for government, the Fir...

Meeting of the Parliament 05 November 2019 [Draft] : 05 November 2019 View PDF version
Joe FitzPatrick

That is one of the areas of work that the drug deaths task force is addressing. The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service is part of it, so that we can consi...

Meeting of the Parliament 05 November 2019 [Draft] : 05 November 2019 View PDF version
Joe FitzPatrick

It is always important to remember the differing responsibilities of the Parliament, the Government and the Crown Office in such matters. As I said to Monica Lenn...

Meeting of the Parliament 05 November 2019 [Draft] : 05 November 2019 View PDF version
Joe FitzPatrick

We know that criminal gangs in Scotland are using such machines to produce vast quantities of the street benzodiazepines that are having a devastating effect on c...

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