Committee calls for evidence on palliative care


A Scottish Parliament committee is launching a call for evidence on the provision of palliative care by the National Health Service in Scotland.

The Health and Sport Committee wants to hear the views of all interested parties on the general principles of the Palliative Care (Scotland) Bill introduced in the Scottish Parliament by Gil Paterson MSP.

The Bill’s main objective is to “secure access to palliative care (including end-of-life care) for everyone in Scotland with a progressive life-limiting condition and their family members”.

Committee Convener Christine Grahame MSP said: “We want to hear from individuals, organisations and professional bodies who have an interest in the provision of palliative care in Scotland. All evidence received will inform our consideration of the Bill at Stage 1.”

The Bill would:

  • place Scottish Ministers under a statutory obligation to provide palliative care for those with life-limiting conditions and their family members.
  • standardise and collate information held on the delivery of palliative-care services in line with suggestions by Audit Scotland and the Parliament’s Public Audit Committee.
  • set up reporting arrangements allowing palliative care provision to be monitored by Scottish Ministers and the Parliament.

Written evidence of no more than four to six sides of A4 in length should be submitted no later than 1 September 2010.

Responses should be sent, wherever possible, electronically and in MS Word format to

When emailing your submissions to the Committee mailbox, the title/subject of the email should include: ‘Submission on the Palliative Care ( Scotland ) Bill’.

Hard-copy submissions may be sent to —

Health and Sport Committee
Scottish Parliament
EH99 1SP

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