MSP Simpson rushes to help sick FMQs spectator

Richard Simpson Richard Simpson was still able to quiz Alex Salmond during question time

Related Stories

Labour MSP Richard Simpson rushed to the aid of a pensioner who took ill during first minister's questions in the Scottish Parliament.

The former GP left the floor of the chamber to assist the 77-year-old man, who was watching proceedings from the public gallery.

The MSP then made it back to his place in time to question Alex Salmond on the issue of cancer waiting times.

The man was taken to hospital by ambulance.

Commenting on the incident, a Scottish Parliament spokesman said: "A 77-year-old man took ill in the public gallery during today's FMQs.

"The parliament's security staff immediately stepped in to administer first aid and Dr Richard Simpson MSP also offered assistance.

"Dr Simpson was already present in the chamber and was able to assess the gentleman's condition before an ambulance arrived."

The spokesman said Holyrood presiding officer Tricia Marwick briefly suspended parliamentary business while the ambulance crew attended.

He added: "The member of the public was taken to hospital accompanied, we understand, by his daughter who was with him."

Dr Simpson's question to the first minister was re-ordered by Ms Marwick and taken later, so he had time to ask it before the end of the half-hour question time session.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

More Scotland politics stories

RSS

Features & Analysis

  • Cerro RicoSatanic mines

    Devil worship in the tunnels of the man-eating mountain


  • Nefertiti MenoeWar of words

    The woman who sparked a row over 'speaking white'


  • Oil pumpPump change

    What would ending the US oil export ban do to petrol prices?


  • Brazilian Scene, Ceara, in 1893Sir Snapshot

    19th Century Brazil seen through the eyes of an Englishman


Elsewhere on the BBC

  • SailingGame on

    BBC Capital discovers why certain sports seem to have a special appeal for those with deep pockets

Programmes

  • Prof Piot, the first person to indentify Ebola virusHARDtalk Watch

    Ebola expert warns travellers could spread the disease further if it is not contained

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.