September 2015

Committee Updates for September 2015

Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc. and Care)(Scotland) Bill

The Health and medical law committee provided written evidence on Parts 1 and 2 of the Bill.  The committee is supportive of Part 1 of the Bill, which has the potential to address health and well-being and reduce the risk of harm caused by smoking and smoking related disease.  The committee, while recognising that e-cigarettes may be a safer alternative to conventional cigarettes, believe that more information is still required on the risks and benefits to public health in general, and particularly young people.  Part 2 of the Bill relates to a duty of candour.  It is the committee’s view that some of the proposals will be resource intensive and impractical to apply, and a balance needs to be struck between providing patients with an apology if something happens to them, without requiring doctors to report every ‘near miss’. 

We will be giving oral evidence to the Scottish Parliament on 22 September. 

The full written evidence is available on our website