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Live Reporting

Craig Hutchison and Andrew Southwick

All times stated are UK

  1. MSPs praise courage of mesh implant petitioners

    Elaine Holmes and Olive Mcllroy
    Image caption: Elaine Holmes and Olive Mcllroy

    MSPs repeatedly praise the courageous efforts of Elaine Holmes and Olive Mcllroy whose petition PE1517: Polypropylene Mesh Medical Devices was the focus of this afternoon's debate.

    That's all from Holyrood Live on 5 December 2017.

    Campaigners in the gallery
    Image caption: Campaigners in the gallery
  2. Government making 'good progress' on Sue Ryder recommendations

    Mental Health Minister Maureen Watt

    Mental Health Minister Maureen Watt tells the chamber: "I want to ensure you all, this government is fully committed to improving the lives of people with neurological conditions and welcomes the Sue Ryder report."

    She says the government is making good progress on a number of fronts the Sue Ryder report has highlighted.

    Ms Watt commits the government to reviewing neurological healthcare standards.

    She notes the work of Dee View Court that was raised by SNP MSP Gillian Martin and Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald, and says "They do provide excellent outreach services."

  3. SNP MSP praises Sue Ryder's Dee View Court

    SNP MSP Gillian Martin
    Image caption: SNP MSP Gillian Martin

    SNP MSP Gillian Martin says a facilty like Sue Ryder's Dee View Court court could have made a tremendous difference to her brother in law and his parents.

    The SNP MSP says she is conscious most of Scotland does not have access to care as good as that given at Dee View Court.

  4. Sue Ryder 'genuine person centered care'

    SNP MSP Graeme Dey

    SNP MSP Graeme Dey says the term "person centered" usually makes him "cringe", as it is usually "jargon" or "deployed to mask the kind of care and support they are going to be given instead of what they require or want."

    However, he praises the work of Sue Ryder and says it is "genuinely person centered care".

  5. Background: Neurological patients put in care homes for the elderly

    Pamela Mackenzie attends to a patient at the Dee View Court centre in Aberdeen
    Image caption: Pamela Mackenzie attends to a patient at the Dee View Court centre in Aberdeen

    Many people with conditions such as multiple sclerosis and motor neurone disease are living in care homes for the elderly, a charity found in September.

    Sue Ryder Care said people with neurological conditions were being let down and needed specialist care.

    The charity surveyed Scotland's councils and found 86% of people with neurological conditions in residential care were in homes for the elderly.

    It said one in five of these people were under the age of 65.

    Read more here.

  6. Labour MSP praises Sue Ryder's Dee View court and highlights campaign

    Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald
    Image caption: Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald

    Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald says he has seen the work of Sue Ryder first hand and he describes it as excellent and inspiring.

    Mr Macdonald says the charities Rewrite the Future report has made a valuable contribution.

    The Labour MSP says many people from the North East cannot take advantage of Dee View Court as their are only 24 residents.

    He says that is why Sue Ryder has launched an appeal to create 20 new places.

    Sue Ryder
  7. 'Need to look at what local authorities are doing'

    Conservative MSP Jeremy Balfour

    Conservative MSP Jeremy Balfour welcomes the findings of the Sue Ryder report.

    He reveals that: "Six health boards say they have no plans to develop joint plans with local authorities."

    Mr Balfour asks the minister to ensure any change in the action plan is evidence based.

  8. Background: Sue Ryder

    Sue Ryder
    Image caption: Sue Ryder

    From the Sue Ryder website

    "We provide person-centered hospice and neurological care for people facing a frightening, life-changing diagnosis. It’s not just expert medical care we provide. It’s the emotional support and practical things we take care of too. We do whatever we can to be a safety net for our patients and their loved ones at the most difficult time of their lives.

    "Not only do we treat more conditions than any other UK charity in our hospices, neurological care centres and out in the community; we also influence others to improve the lives of people living with them. We see the person, not the condition, taking time to understand the small things that help that person live the fullest life they can. "

  9. 'The Scottish government has listened and is acting'

    SNP MSP Bruce Crawford
    Image caption: SNP MSP Bruce Crawford

    SNP MSP Bruce Crawford begins the debate by saying neurological conditions can affect anyone of any age.

    He says their condition can be coupled with care that may not always meet their individual requirement.

    The SNP MSP says people with neurological conditions and their families need to be better advised where to turn for treatment.

    He says since the Sue Ryder report: "The government has listened and is acting."

    Mr Crawford announces that the Scottish government will bring Scotland's first ever action plan on neurological conditions.

    "This is good work, and they must be applauded for it."

  10. Sue Ryder: Rewrite the Future

    Sue Ryder Care said that without specialist services designed to limit the impact of conditions such as Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, Huntington's disease and sudden brain injury people would suffer needlessly and be unable to live their lives as fully as possible.

    The charity said that if the data was extrapolated for the Scotland population as a whole, it would mean an estimated 1,036 people with a neurological condition in a care home for older people, with 202 of these being aged under 65.

    They have produced a report on the progress made to improve specialist carefor people with neurological conditions in Scotland. The report makes five recommendations, including an audit of health and social care services for those affected.

    Sue Ryder report
    Image caption: Sue Ryder report

    Recommendations made in Sue Ryder Care Report

    • Reliable data needed on the prevalence of neurological conditions and whether patients are at home or in care so that care services can be developed
    • Identify what arrangements work well, what should work better and where the gaps lie
    • Guidance on neurological services should be provided to ensure local services are person-centred and meet need
    • Support and advice for general care providers - such as older people's care homes, homecare and community rehabilitation teams
    • The new standards being developed for neurological conditions must include health and social care services with performance indicators to demonstrate effectiveness
  11. Call for specialist care for those with a neurological condition

    Mr Crawford uses his motion to highlights

    • the devastating impact that neurological conditions can have
    • the need for specialist care for those with a neurological condition
    • the Sue Ryder report, Don’t Write Me Off, on the benefits of consistent specialist care and support
    • the current review of clinical standards for neurological health services
    • a call for a neurological health and social care strategy
  12. Next: A debate on the care of patients with a neurological condition

    Here is the motion to the debate
    Image caption: Here is the motion to the debate
  13. MSPs unanimously note the mesh implant public petition

    MSPs unanimously agree to note the public petition PE1517 on polypropylene mesh medical devices.