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Summary

  1. Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh expresses his condolences to those affected by the Manchester Arena suicide attack
  2. The first minister gives a statement following the Manchester attack
  3. Opposition party leaders express their condolences to those affected

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Colin Bell

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all from Holyrood Live on 23 May 2017

    That's all from Holyrood Live's coverage of the Scottish Parliament on the day MSPs came together to express their condolences to the victims of the Manchester suicide attack.

    Flags are flying at half mast outside the Scottish Parliament
    Image caption: Flags are flying at half mast outside the Scottish Parliament

    Holyrood paid its respects and expressed condolences to the victims of the Manchester suicide bomb attack.

    The presiding officer, first minister and opposition party leaders all gave emotional speeches highlighting their sorrow at the tragedy.

    MSPs then observed a minute's silence in the chamber.

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    At least four Scots were treated in hospital after the Manchester suicide bomb attack.

    The attack in the foyer of the Manchester Arena at the end of a concert by singer Ariana Grande killed 22 people and injured a further 59.

    Nicola Sturgeon said four people had "presented at hospitals in Scotland", two of whom have since been discharged.

    Police are also in contact with the family of two girls missing from Barra.

    Laura MacIntyre, 15, and Eilidh MacLeod, 14, are known to have attended the concert but have not been seen since the attack.

  2. Scotland has high prevalence for the risk factors relating to hypertension

    Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell

    Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell says in Scotland there is a high prevalence of the risk factors relating to hypertension.

    Ms Campbell says doctors check for hypertension when a patient displays other symptoms.

    The public health minister says prevention is a key part of the health and social care delivery plan.

    She says the community pharmacy plan aims to increase blood pressure checks.

    Ms Campbell says the Alcohol Prevention Plan has 40 action points to reduce alcohol intake including minimum alcohol unit pricing.

  3. Minister pays tribute to all health and social care workers who reacted to the attack in Manchester

    Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell
    Image caption: Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell

    Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell says she wants to pay tribute to all health and social care workers who are doing so much to help those affected by the brutal attack in Manchester.

    Ms Campbell thanks Maree Todd for bringing this debate to the chamber and she thanks the British Heart Foundation for its work.

    She too praises the work of Professor Rhian Touyz, of the British Heart Foundation Centre of Research Excellence at the University of Glasgow.

    The minister says so many of Scotland's poor health outcomes could be avoided, including hypertension.

    She says prevalence of high blood pressure increases with age.

  4. GPs across the country are stretched to capacity says Labour MSP

    Labour MSP Colin Smyth

    Labour MSP Colin Smyth pays tribute to Scotland's healthcare workforce and to the British Heart Foundation.

    Mr Smyth says hypertension can lead to other health problems.

    The Labour MSP says of those 30% of people suffering from hypertension in Scotland, half are not being treated.

    He says those who live in the most deprived areas may be less likely to get checked.

    Mr Smyth says GPs across the country are stretched to capacity.

  5. SNP MSP says we need to educate people about hypertension

    SNP MSP David Torrance
    Image caption: SNP MSP David Torrance

    SNP MSP David Torrance says he was told by a GP that his blood pressure peaked at 240 over 190 .....which was when he was at his branch meeting.

    Mr Torrance jokes that to avoid high blood pressure don't go to your branch meetings.

    He says we need to educate people about hypertension.

  6. 'Fallback position' important to deal with stress says Tory MSP

    Tory MSP Brian Whittle

    Tory MSP Brian Whittle says the last month has probably raised more blood pressure figures than the average.

    Mr Whittle says high blood pressure means the heart has to work much harder to pump blood around the body resulting in hardening of the arteries.

    The Tory MSP says being African or Caribbean can mean a greater risk of high blood pressure.

    He says a "fallback position" when feeling stressed is important and he normally finds that a run helps or plugging in his guitar to play some AC/DC.

  7. Continuing research is important says SNP MSP

    SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson

    SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson says his blood pressure was checked earlier today by his colleague SNP MSP Emma Harper.

    Mr Stevenson says the result was not good but he had just came up the stairs and had not sat down. He says it may make his consider his salt intake and he "may even give up drink for a few days".

    The SNP MSP says research is important because there is a lot more to learn.

    Mr Stevenson says he is a private pilot and goes through an annual medical.

    He says he will think about his diet and salt in particular.

  8. Family history of high blood pressure and ethnicity can add to the risks says Labour MSP

    Labour MSP Anasa Sarwar

    Labour MSP Anasa Sarwar says his thoughts continues to be with those in Manchester as news of the victims emerges.

    Mr Sarwar also thanks those in the emergency services who are helping those affected.

    The Labour MSP says family history of high blood pressure and ethnicity can add to the risks.

    He says it is important for people to look at their own behaviours as-well-as having their blood pressure regularly checked.

  9. This debate can help raise awareness of high blood pressure says SNP MSP

    SNP MSP Emma Harper

    SNP MSP Emma Harper says this debate can help raise awareness of high blood pressure.

    Ms Harper says untreated high blood pressure can lead to problems such as heart attacks and strokes.

    The SNP MSP says there are many causes of high blood pressure such as being overweight, too much salt in a person's diet, drinking, smoking and lack of sleep.

    Ms Harper says studies have shown that many people do not take medication for high blood pressure as often as they should or at all in some cases.

  10. Background: International Society of Hypertension

    International Society of Hypertension
    Image caption: International Society of Hypertension

    The International Society of Hypertension has identified increased awareness as a key issue in the fight against raised Blood Pressure (BP).

    To address the huge disease burden caused by raised BP, it says it isimperative that there is an increase in the levels of awareness among the world’s hypertensive population .

    The ISH in collaboration with the WHL plan to facilitate the expansion of WHD into an exciting campaign and month of global BP measurement - May Measurement Month 2017 (MMM17).

    The ambitious goal during the month of May 2017 to screen 25 million people, who have not had their BPs measured since April 30, 2016.

    Read more here.

  11. Tory MSP stresses the importance of regular check ups with the GP

    Tory MSP Donald Cameron
    Image caption: Tory MSP Donald Cameron

    Tory MSP Donald Cameron says almost a third of Scottish adults suffer from hypertension.

    Mr Cameron says this debate highlights the importance of regular check ups with the GP.

    He says the pharmacy can be crucial in dealing with hypertension going forward.

  12. Background: BHF Centre of Research Excellence at University of Glasgow

    BHF
    Image caption: BHF

    The British Heart Foundation's mission is to "win the fight against cardiovascular disease and our vision is a world in which people do not die prematurely or suffer from cardiovascular disease."

    The University of Glasgow's BHF Centre of Research Excellence is "hoping to come up with ways to prevent heart attacks using innovative research approaches."

  13. 'One of the biggest challenges of high blood pressure is that people do not feel ill'

    Maree Todd

    Ms Todd says hypertension can be prevented and therefore increasing public awareness is crucial.

    The SNP MSP says as a pharmacist she knows only half of people take prescriptions as intended.

    "One of the biggest challenges of high blood pressure is that people do not feel ill," she says.

    She says medication for this can often make people feel worse.

    Ms Todd says there may be many barriers but, thanks to prescriptions being free in Scotland, cost is not one of them.

    She highlights the work of the British Heart Foundation.

  14. SNP MSP praises the work of Professor Rhian Touyz

    SNP MSP Maree Todd
    Image caption: SNP MSP Maree Todd

    SNP MSP Maree Todd reminds the chamber she is a pharmacist and co-convener of the cross-party group on heart and stroke.

    Ms Todd praises the work of Professor Rhian Touyz, of the British Heart Foundation Centre of Research Excellence at the University of Glasgow, which aims to understand the causes of hypertension.

    She says 30% of people in Scotland have high blood pressure.

  15. Here is the motion for the debate

    SNP MSP Maree Todd
    Image caption: SNP MSP Maree Todd

    Here is SNP MSP Maree Todd's motion for her debate marking World Hypertension Month.