Briefing: What’s happening in health & social care?

Monday 30th September 2019

Scotland is set to become the first nation in the UK to outlaw smacking of children, with a final vote by MSPs on the legislation taking place this week.

On Tuesday, Holyrood’s health and sport committee will take evidence from a range of health organisation as part of its inquiry into the future of primary care.

Among those appearing before MSPs will be representatives from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Community Pharmacy Scotland, British Dental Association and Optometry Scotland.

The committee will also hear from BMA Scotland, the Royal College of General Practitioners Scotland, the Rural GP Association of Scotland, The Deep End GP Group and NHS Education for Scotland.

A meeting of the cross-party group on health inequalities will also take place on Tuesday, while the cross party group on inflammatory bowel disease meets on Wednesday.

On Thursday, as part of its 2020-21 budget scrutiny, the equalities and human rights committee will take evidence from a number of organisations including the Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector, Age Scotland and Dumfries and Galloway Health and Social Care Partnership.

In the chamber, a landmark bill that outlaws the physical punishment of children is set to be passed by MSPs on the same day, as the stage 3 proceedings of the Children (Equal Protection for Assault) (Scotland) Bill takes place.

Away from Parliament, NHS Highland’s research development & innovation annual conference will be taking place on Thursday, with the theme of ‘Beyond Elon Musk: Space, place, face and technology’.

On the same day, a launch conference will take place in Dundee for Scottish Health Economics, which is aiming to bring together experts to explore the development and application of health economics in Scotland.