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Summary

  1. The Public Audit Committee will take evidence from the Scottish Police Authority and Police Scotland's chief constable
  2. The attainment gap, the mental health strategy and retail banks are all raised during general questions
  3. Opposition leaders quiz Nicola Sturgeon during first minister's questions
  4. SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor leads a debate on Apprenticeship Week
  5. The government gives a ministerial statement on the Child Protection Improvement Programme
  6. The government leads a debate on the Scottish Patient Safety Programme

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Colin Bell

All times stated are UK

  1. Good night from Holyrood Live

    Holyrood

    That's all from Holyrood live for Thursday 2 March 2017.

    We'll be back on Tuesday.

    Have a good weekend.

  2. Breaking The government health motion is agreed to meaning defeat for the government

    The government motion as amended is agreed to, with 62 MSPs for and with 61 against.

    So it is defeat for the government.

    Motion
    Tory amendment
    Labour amendment
    Lib Dem amendment
  3. The Lib Dem amendment is also agreed to

    The Lib Dem amendment is agreed to with 62 MSPs backing it and 61 against.

    Looks like another defeat for the government. 

    Amendment
    Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton
    Image caption: Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton's amendment is agreed to following a vote.
  4. The Labour amendment is agreed to

    The Labour amendment is not agreed to, with 62 MSPs agreeing to it and 61 against.

    Amendment
    Anas Sarwar
    Image caption: Labour MSP Anas Sarwar's amendment is agreed to following a vote.
  5. The Tory amendment is agreed to unanimously

    The Tory amendment is agreed to unanimously.

    Tory amendment
  6. Decision time

    We now move to decision time. 

  7. The teams in the Scottish Patient Safety Programme are ambitious says minister

    Labour MSP Elaine Smith asks if waiting up to 24 weeks for hip replacements is acceptable.

    Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell says there is capacity in the Golden Jubilee and she says the government is making capacity to cope with demand.

    The minister says the teams in the Scottish Patient Safety Programme are ambitious going forward.

    She says the improvement approach is being spread beyond health and care.

    Nurses

    Ms Campbell says we must be aware of consistent negativity on staff.

    She says staffing has increased in the NHS.

    NHS staff
    Image caption: More clashes in the chamber over NHS staffing levels

    Mr Sarwar asks if BMA chair Peter Bennie was right and the NHS staffing crisis will lead to a system breakdown.

    Ms Campbell hits back saying the government is developing a workforce plan and it is aware there are challenges.

    She says it was the SNP that pledged the most funding for the NHS in the last election.

  8. It is important to get the older community more active - minister

    Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell
    Image caption: Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell

    Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell says "while we are not blind to the challenges" it is right to recognise the successes of this programme. 

    Ms Cambell says there has been a lot of consensus in the chamber.

    The public health minister says there has been a reduction in falls right across the country.

    She says it is important to get the older community more active. 

  9. What matters to you?

    What Matter To You
    Image caption: What Matter To You

    Mr Briggs says it is important for all parts of the health service to share the aims of the safety programme and to share best practice.

    The Tory MSP says many patients can find hospitals a disorienting environment in the acute wards.

    He points to the What Matters To You Boards at a patients bedside has helped to personalise care and relieve despair.

    Mr Briggs says when the Royal College of GPs and the RCN say there is a crisis in staffing MSPs have a duty to raise the issue.

  10. Key issues around midwife recruitment says Tory MSP

    Miles Briggs

    Tory MSP Miles Briggs says all of the members can support the aims of the Patient Safety Programme.

    Mr Briggs says there are key issues around midwife recruitment.

    The Tory MSP says technology will play a "huge role".

    He says there is some very positive data in the report and parliament should pay tribute to all those who work in the NHS. 

  11. Background: What is the Scottish Patient Safety Programme?

    Scottish Patient Safety Programme
    Image caption: Scottish Patient Safety Programme

    The Scottish Patient Safety Programme (SPSP) is a unique national programme that aims to improve the safety and reliability of healthcare and reduce harm, whenever care is delivered. 

    Click here to find out more.  

  12. 'We have a ticking time-bomb of GPs queueing up to retire.'

    Labour MSP Colin Smyth says all member have acknowledged the successful impact of the Scottish Patient Safety Programme (SPSP).

    He says: "It is important we build on the success of the programme."

    Mr Smyth highlights the impact of deprivation and health inequalities.

    Labour MSP Colin Smyth
    Image caption: Labour MSP Colin Smyth

    He says there is not enough staff in the NHS for them to keep up with growing demand.

    "We have a ticking time-bomb of GPs queueing up to retire."

    He says: "Yes, it is a crisis."

  13. 'Staffing crisis' can present problems for staff safety as well as patient safety

    Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton
    Image caption: Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton

    In closing for his party, Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton says there are huge advances in patient safety because of this plan.

    Mr Cole-Hamilton says all the amendments are similar and that is completely uncoordinated. 

    The Lib Dem MSP say it is appropriate to bring up the "staffing crisis" in the NHS because this can present problems for staff safety as well as patient safety.

    Mr Cole-Hamilton says he hopes the government will respond to his call for a national strategy for dementia patients and dementia wards.

    He says "we are far from a step change in mental health."

  14. Tory criticism about 'the government and its lack of action'

    Tory MSP Jeremy Balfour
    Image caption: Tory MSP Jeremy Balfour

    Tory MSP Jeremy Balfour says the care provided by NHS staff is "fantastic" and just because his party comments on some of the government's policies does not mean they should be accused of "attacking front line staff".

    SNP MSP Clare Haughey intervenes to ask Mr Balfour to reflect on the language used by his colleagues and says words like "crisis" has an affect on NHS staff. 

    Mr Balfour says it has "nothing to do with the front line staff and all to do with the government and its lack of action".

  15. This is making a real difference in people's lives - SNP MSP

    SNP MSP Clare Haughey
    Image caption: SNP MSP Clare Haughey

    SNP MSP Clare Haughey says when violence drops to a quarter of previous levels and self harm drops to a third, this is making a real difference in peoples lives.

    "This should be applauded," she says.

  16. 'We should be proud of the staff that led this challenging work'

    Greens MSP Alison Johnstone
    Image caption: Greens MSP Alison Johnstone

    Greens MSP Alison Johnstone says workforce shortages undermines NHS staff.

    Ms Johnstone says many of scotland's neonatal units do not have enough nurses in post.

    The Greens MSP says the Patient Safety Programme set ambitious goals and has surpassed most of them.

    She says she is glad the Patient Safety Programme is moving into care homes and that we need to promote high standard of safety. 

    "We should be proud of the staff that led this challenging work," she says.