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Summary

  1. The Education Committee takes evidence from Education Secretary John Swinney on additional support needs
  2. Education and skills ministers are quizzed during portfolio questions
  3. Scottish Labour leads a debate on education
  4. SNP MSP Linda Fabiani leads a debate on Marie Curie's Great Daffodil Appeal

Live Reporting

By Colin Bell and Craig Hutchison

All times stated are UK

Goodnight from Holyrood Live...

Holyrood night
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That's all from Holyrood Live for Wednesday 8 March 2017.

We'll be back tomorrow morning.

Have a good night.

Mental health needs of carers must be recognised

Aileen Campbell
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Ms Campbell says it is essential that local communities are supported with palliative care to ensure personal needs are met.

The public health minister says data from organisations is vital in checking if individuals are receiving the required care and a  government data group monitors this. 

Ms Campbell says the the mental health needs of carers must also be recognised. 

She says, as a nation, we find it difficult to discuss death and dying and communities are being encouraged to come together and support one another. 

"Whether its holding a hand or embracing someone during a difficult time" it is "priceless," she says. 

Minister acknowledges there is more to be done in palliative care

Marie Curie
Marie Curie
Marie Curie volunteers

Ms Campbell says Scotland is already a world leader in palliative care.

The public health minister says there is no complacency and she says there is more to do. 

She says the Scottish government is working with Marie Curie to make sure that everyone who needs palliative care has access to it.

An opportunity to celebrate the Daffodil Appeal

Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell
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Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell

Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell says this debate gives parliament the opportunity to celebrate the Daffodil Appeal. 

Ms Campbell says a number of MSPs have talked about the local fundraisers which help to make the charity such a success.

The public health minister says the work of Marie Curie is renowned and a charity in her name helps to mark her legacy. 

She says the government wants to reduce inequality locally and Marie Curie helps with this. 

Luke Robertson of Due South Expedition fame is in the house (the parliament!)

Marie Curie helps relieve pressure on the NHS says SNP MSP

SNP MSP Kenneth Gibson
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SNP MSP Kenneth Gibson

SNP MSP Kenneth Gibson says Marie Curie helps relieve pressure on the NHS. 

Mr Gibson says when he first wore a Daffodil 30-odd years ago people would ask if it was St David's day but no one asks now.

Mr Gibson commends the work of Marie Curie Scotland. 

SNP MSP pays tribute to Marie Curie volunteers

SNP MSP David Torrance
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SNP MSP David Torrance

SNP MSP David Torrance pays tribute to the Marie Curie volunteers.

Mr Torrance says volunteering helps people get involved in new things, meet new people and gain new skills.

"Without volunteers Marie Curie would not be able to provide the level of support it does," he says. 

'Thank you for every single thing that you have done'

Labour MSP Anas Sarwar
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Labour MSP Anas Sarwar

Labour MSP Anas Sarwar offers a "sincere thank you to all the Marie Curie nurses".

Mr Sarwar says "I'm sure we've all been touched by Marie Curie and if we haven't, I'm sure we will be at some point in our lives".

"Thank you for every single thing that you have done," he says. 

'Marie Curie nurses work night and day'

SNP MSP Bruce Crawford
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SNP MSP Bruce Crawford

SNP MSP Bruce Crawford says Marie Curie provides support for people and families affected by various terminal illnesses. 

Mr Crawford says "Marie Curie nurses work night and day" to do everything they can to make the last days of a person's life as comfortable as they can for the individual and their families.

He says in order for this work to continue they rely on fundraising. 

Mr Crawford says "thank you" to all the nurses for everything they do. 

'One in four Scots are still missing out on the palliative care'

Tory MSP Miles Briggs
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Tory MSP Miles Briggs

Tory MSP Miles Briggs says he doesn't think he has seen so many people at a member's debate in the Scottish Parliament.

Mr Briggs says, as someone who has had family use a Marie Curie hospice, he can understand the importance of it.

The Tory MSP says "one in four Scots are still missing out on the palliative care that they need".

He says research is required into whether those with mental health issues access palliative care.

Edinburgh Conservatives and Unionists
Edinburgh Conservatives and Unionists
Just for the deputy presiding officer......

Mr Briggs says he recently took part in a fundraiser and had his legs waxed, which Presiding Officer Christine Graham says "I enjoyed that."

The Tory MSP goes on to highlight even greater fundraising efforts for Marie Curie

Personal experience of Marie Curie's 'phenomenal' support shared

Lib Dem MSP Liam McArthur says Marie Curie has gone from strength to strength since last year's debate.

Mr McArthur thanks the staff and volunteers of Marie Curie.

Lib Dem MSP Liam McArthur
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Lib Dem MSP Liam McArthur

The Lib Dem MSP shares his personal experience around the death of his father-in-law and says the support Marie Curie gave was phenomenal.  

'There are currently 24,000 bereaved children in Scotland'

SNP MSP Graeme Dey
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SNP MSP Graeme Dey

SNP MSP Graeme Dey says there is no doubt that Marie Curie staff do a tremendous job.

Mr Dey says the charity provides care but all that comes at a cost which is why the fundraisers are necessary. 

The SNP MSP says "there are currently 24,000 bereaved children in Scotland" and many are missing out on care and support. 

Background: Marie Curie key facts on terminal illness

  • People were more likely to die outside hospital if they had an anticipatory care plan (KIS)
  • It is estimated that 30% of people in Scottish hospitals are in their last year of life
  • People in the last 6 months of life spend anywhere between 10 and 22 days in hospital
Man in hospital bed with nurse holding his hand
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  • Carers say seven out of every 10 people with a terminal illness in the UK do not get all the care and support that they need
  • Those over the age of 85, those that live alone, those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, and those from deprived communities are all less likely to access palliative care
  • 2,500 parents die leaving 4,100 bereaved children every year in Scotland
  • There are currently 24,000 bereaved children in Scotland

Labour MSP calls for more research into cancer

Labour MSP Colin Smyth
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Labour MSP Colin Smyth

Labour MSP Colin Smyth also praise the fantastic work of Marie Curie and the charity's wonderful nurses.

Ms Smyth says Linda Fabiani was quite right to highlight the work of the volunteers.

He says says some of the volunteers from the South of Scotland are in the gallery, but says he will refrain from speculating if any Prosseco has been imbibed.

The Labour MSP calls for more research into cancer and he calls for more detail on how the government will support discussions around death.

SNP MSP feels a 'closeness' to Marie Curie charity

SNP MSP George Adam says he feels a closeness to the Marie Curie charity because of the fundraisers.

Mr Adam says this is a big day for the fundraisers from his constituency who are in the gallery and he could tell from their Twitter feeds that it is a big day for them. 

"There is nothing wrong with having a bottle of Prosecco on your way to Edinburgh," he says looking towards the gallery. 

SNP MSP George Adam
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SNP MSP George Adam

Mr Adam says his own mother had cancer and ended up in the Accord hospice but he was told at one point that she had missed the window of opportunity to get there.

"My reaction was that I was going to pick her up and take her there myself," he says, "what a difference it made to her spending her last days and hours there."

Background: Marie Curie

Marie Curie was a Polish-born physicist and chemist and one of the most famous scientists of her time. 

Together with her husband Pierre, she was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1903, and she went on to win another in 1911.  

Marie Curie
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Marie devoted herself to continuing the work that they had begun together. 

She received a second Nobel Prize, for Chemistry, in 1911.  

The Curie's research was crucial in the development of x-rays in surgery. 

She died on 4 July 1934 from leukaemia, caused by exposure to high-energy radiation from her research. 

It was Marie Curie's daughter Eve who gave the charity permission to use her mother's name. 

Tory MSP Donald Cameron pays warm tribute to all the volunteers and staff of Marie Curie

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Tory MSP Donald Cameron pays warm tribute to all the volunteers and staff of Marie Curie.

Mr Cameron says Marie Curie was truly an international women of great stature, making this an apt day for the debate as it is International Women's Day.

He says Marie Curie was the first women to win a Nobel Prize.

Marie Curie the largest provider of hospice beds outside the NHS

SNP MSP Rona Mackay
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SNP MSP Rona Mackay

SNP MSP Rona Mackay says Marie Curie is a "fantastic charity" and "you simply cannot put a price on the work that they do".

Ms Mackay says there are countless ways for people to get involved in the Marie Curie Daffodil Appeal. 

The SNP MSP says Marie Curie has nine hospices across the UK, making it the largest provider of hospice beds outside the NHS. 

Background: Marie Curie key facts on terminal illness

  • It is estimated that around 46,000 of the 57,500 people who die each year need some palliative care in Scotland
  • People with a non-cancer terminal diagnosis are significantly less likely to be identified for palliative care
Man holding hand of patient in hospital bed
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  • People with terminal cancer are much more likely to get anticipatory care plans, with 75% identified compared with 66% of those dying with dementia/frailty and only 41% dying from organ failure
  • The number of people dying in Scotland is due to increase by 17% over the next 25 years
  • Over 50% of people currently die in Scottish hospitals, but the majority would prefer to die at home or in a homely setting

'Wear your daffodils with pride because you deserve to'

SNP MSP Linda Fabiani
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SNP MSP Linda Fabiani

Ms Fabiani concludes saying to all the Marie Curies volunteers and nurses "wear your daffodils with pride because you deserve to".

SNP MSP praises Marie Curie's mental health and wellbeing approach.

SNP MSP Linda Fabiani
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SNP MSP Linda Fabiani

Ms Fabiani says another issue is around mental health and she points to the mental health strategy to be published shortly.

The SNP MSP says she cannot begin to imagine the mental strain of providing palliative care to someone you love very, very much.

She praises Marie Curie's mental health and wellbeing approach.

37 Marie Curie shops across Scotland

Ms Fabiani says Marie Curie volunteers provide one-to-one emotional support, companionship and information for people living with a terminal illness and their families.

Marie Curie website
Marie Curie

The SNP MSP says terminal illness can be a lonely and isolating experience and that the Helper service can help tackle social isolation, loneliness and associated mental health issues.

She says there are 37 Marie Curie shops in Scotland and she applauds the work of staff and volunteers across the organisation.